European spec Volkswagen Jetta revealedFour-link suspension system will be available

30 October 2010

VW Jetta gets Golf-like suspension

VW Jetta gets Golf-like suspension

Volkswagen has unveiled the European specification Jetta, following the debut of the new model in US trim earlier in the year.

The new Jetta has been styled by Klaus Bischoff, Head of VW Design; every panel, both on the exterior and interior, is totally new.

Styling cues have been taken from existing models, such as the Phaeton limousine, which VW says was the inspiration for the horizontal fins in the grille. According to the German carmaker, they make the car look lower and wider.

Four-link suspension system

Every panel is new on the Jetta

Every panel is new on the Jetta

In contrast to the US model previously seen, all new Jetta models for Europe will have a four-link suspension system similar to the one fitted to the current Golf.

This gives the new Jetta a wider track at the rear and different springs and dampers from the outgoing version.

Fans of the current model will notice the new centre console, which was launched in the most recent Golf, and changes to the climate and entertainment control systems along with a new steering wheel design.

The 2011 model has grown in length by 90mm and the wheelbase has also been extended.This should result in improved legroom.

It will also come with six airbags, ABS and Electronic Stabilisation Programme (EPS) as standard.

Two petrol and two diesel engines

New centre console and steering wheel

New centre console and steering wheel

The new Jetta will feature two petrol engines and two diesel engines, with one of the latter incorporating VW’s BlueMotion Technology.

The petrol engines available are both 1.4 TSI developing 120bhp and 157bhp.

The largest capacity engine is a 2.0-litre TDI turbodiesel developing 138bhp.

A 103bhp 1.6-litre TDI will feature the BlueMotion Technology including stop/start and battery regeneration.

Prices and the 2011 release date have yet to be announced.

Read our review of the current VW Jetta