VW Unveils New Jetta, Hybrid Model Coming in 2012
New TDI Diesel Engine Also AvailableVW has just unveiled the new 2011 Jetta. It was completely redesigned and no longer shares a platform with the VW Golf. Like most new cars that get redesigned, the Jetta suffers from inflation: It's now 3.54 inches/9 cm longer than the previous Jetta, and the wheelbase is 2.76 inches/7 cm longer. For more details on what's under the hood and on the upcoming hybrid version, see below.
2011 VW Jetta Technical SpecificationsVolkswagen writes:
In the USA and Canada, the new Jetta is offered with three petrol engines and one turbodiesel direct-injection engine (TDI Clean Diesel). Two of the four engines are new on board: the entry-level engine (85 kW / 115 PS) and the common rail TDI (103 kW / 140 PS). Technically perfected in the new model are the 125 kW / 170 PS 2.5-liter gasoline engine and the sporty top engine, the turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI with 147 kW / 200 PS, which will power the top model Jetta GLI in North America starting in 2011. The new 115 PS engine has a combined fuel economy of 28 mpg* (manual transmission); the version with automatic transmission attains a value of 26 mpg*. A technical highlight is the new 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel; thanks to conversion to the world's leading direct injection diesel system - common rail injection - the turbocharged engine is as quiet as a gasoline engine and as powerful as a sports car engine (320 Newton-meters maximum torque). A particulate filter and a NOx storage catalytic converter ensure that this TDI meets emissions requirements in all states of the USA. A combined fuel economy of 34 mpg makes the new and very agile Jetta 2.0-liter TDI (0-60 mph in 8.7 seconds) one of the most fuel-efficient and lowest emitting vehicles on the North American continent.
The TDI should get a rating of 42 MPG on the highway, according to VW.
The new 2.0-liter TDI and 2.0-liter TSI will be available with an optional 6-speed dual-clutch "DSG" automatic transmission, helping them achieve better fuel efficiency, especially on the highway.
Hybrid Jetta Model Coming in 2012
VW says that a hybrid version will be available in 2012. Not many details on it yet, except that VW says that it will be "best in class", but that this class doesn't include the Toyota Prius. So we can probably expect something a bit lower than the Prius hybrid's combined 50 MPG (according to the EPA).
We already had a kind of preview of the new Jetta hybrid at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show: check out the Volkswagen NCC Hybrid Coupe Concept. Does this mean there will be a coupe version of the 2011 Jetta? Seems probable.
No work yet on a 100% electric Jetta.