The sixth-generation Jetta has been around since 2010 as Volkswagen’s best-selling model on the North American market. This front-drive compact sedan currently offers gasoline, diesel and hybrid drivetrains. It has been quite successful up until the scandal with VW cheating emissions tests in the U.S. Now, the latest reports reveal that the next-generation Jetta is slated to arrive by the end of 2017. The completely redesigned model will look to restore the Jetta’s reputation from the times of the Mark IV. Apart from the efficient gasoline four-cylinder engines, the 2018 VW Jetta might once again be offered with the TDI unit in case it gets EPA’s approval. Rumor has it that the gas-electric model is not very likely to carry over to the next generation.
2018 VW Jetta Changes
The most important upgrade intended for the seventh-generation Jetta will be its brand new MQB platform that already underpins numerous VW’s models. Compared to the current version that rides on the PQ35 platform, the redesigned VW Jetta 2018 will be much lighter and better equipped. It is also expect to grow in size similar to the new Skoda Octavia that was extended by 10.8 cm in wheelbase and 9 cm in overall length. In terms of exterior styling, the changes will be subtle and mostly evolutionary. We expect to see a sharper and more refined sheet metal that will make the Jetta more in line with the company’s latest models. Inside, there will be more substantial enhancements but the upcoming version is expected to remain the affordable economy sedan it has been for a long time.
According to reliable sources, the 2018 Jetta will lose the 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that currently produces 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Rumor also has it that the next-generation model is likely to adopt enhanced and more efficient versions of the 150-hp 1.4-liter unit. The second option is the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-banger that currently cranks out 210 ponies. As for the 2.0-liter TDI inline-4, it might also make its way to the seventh-generation Jetta in an upgraded form. As mentioned, the hybrid-powered model is not expected to be part of the upcoming Jetta’s engine range.
Hugely important for the U.S. market, the 2018 VW Jetta is expected to become more than just a mere German version of the Toyota Corolla. Hopefully, there will be more detailed reports on the upcoming redesign that should reveal whether these expectations are substantiated or not.