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7th generation Volkswagen Jetta premieres in Detroit

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Since 1979, Volkswagen has sold over 16 million Jettas worldwide, and over 3.2 million units have been sold in the United States alone. Which is why it has been a long-running tradition that the world premiere of a new Jetta is celebrated in its main market.

The new Jetta is built on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, and is bigger than before. It measures 4,702 mm in length (+43 mm), and its wheelbase has been lengthened by 35 mm to 2,686 mm. Compared with the 6th generation Jetta, the front overhang was made shorter (-10 mm) and the rear overhang longer (+18 mm). This gives the new Jetta a sportier, more extended and more elegant look, said VW. The car is 1,799 mm wide (+21 mm) and 1,459 mm tall (+6 mm).

These numbers promise more head and knee room as well as increased shoulder room and interior height. The long rear overhang also creates a large cargo capacity of 510 litres—a figure unchanged from the previous model.

The Arteon inspired design results in a drag coefficient of 0.27 Cd—an improvement of around ten percent.

Interiors get 10.2-inch Active Info Display (Digital Cockpit), Composition Color infotainment system, Bluetooth, USB audio interface and Volkswagen Car-NetÒ App-Connect. App-Connect is used to connect to smartphones and bring their apps such as Spotify Music into the car via MirrorLinkÒ, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition, the Jetta (from the SEL trim) is the first North American Volkswagen to be available with a 400-watt Beats by Dre sound system, VW said.

LED lights come as standard equipment and panoramic sunroof is standard from Jetta SE. Ambient lighting standard from SEL.

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The 1.4 TSI has been carried over to the new Jetta, it delivers 110 kW / 150 PS @ 5,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 250 Nm @ 1,500 rpm. The base Jetta S, is equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission. From the Jetta SE, a newly developed 8-speed automatic transfers power to the front wheels (optional for the Jetta S). Its broader spread of gears has positive effects on drive-off performance and fuel economy, the company said.

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