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.