2022 Volkswagen Jetta debuts with fresh looks and 1.5L TSI


The Volkswagen Jetta has received styling revisions for 2022 for the American market, and is expected to reach the dealers in the fourth quarter of 2021. Besides styling revisions, a couple of other updates for the 2022 model year include replacing the R-Line trim with Sport trim, and replacing the 1.4L engine with a 1.5L engine.

Styling revisions are rather subtle compared to the outgoing model. There’s a new front bumper with vertically-mounted fog lights, redesigned front grille, a new rear bumper, and a new set of wheels. The Sport trim will feature blacked-out elements such as the grille, mirror caps and window trim. LED headlights, dark graphite 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and XDS electronic differential lock are standard on the Sport trim.

The GLI features honeycomb pattern on the front and rear fascias, projector LED headlights, and 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; the example above showcases the optional 18-inch black alloys. Buyers can choose from seven exterior colors—including new Kings Red Metallic, Oryx White Metallic, and Rising Blue Metallic; the GLI will offer five colors.

Inside, the Sport trim will feature a black headliner and unique cloth sport seats. As for the GLI, it gets a new leather-wrapped sporty steering wheel with touch controls; and standard heated and ventilated front seats. An 8-inch Digital Cockpit comes standard on the Jetta; the GLI trim gets a 10-inch Digital Cockpit Pro.

The IQ.Drive driver assistance tech is available from the entry-level Jetta trim, however, it is standard from the mid-trim and up (including GLI).

The refreshed Jetta adopts the 1.5-litre turbocharged EA211 engine found in the Taos compact SUV. It develops the same 118 kW (160 metric hp) and 249 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque, and can be paired with either a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The Jetta GLI continues with a 2.0-litre EA888 engine, producing 170 kW (231 metric hp) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, while a 7-speed DSG can be found in the options list.

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