The seventh generation of Golf’s counterpart, the Jetta compact sedan is on the way. The prototype model was caught on the spy photos and we can also see how it look completely undisguised thanks to leaked images.
The seventh generation Jetta replaces the current version which has been around since the 2011 model year. The new version will switch to the new platform like the new Golf and will get sharper and more dynamic exterior styling. The interior will also be more modern and equipped with brand’s latest tech rig. The redesigned sedan will get two turbocharged engines for the US market and the production for this market will continue to be in Puebla, Mexico. According to some industry speculations, VW might also offer the 2018 VW Jetta Hybrid version a year after the brand discontinued this version for the 2017 model year.
2018 VW Jetta Hybrid: Design
The new version of the strong-selling Jetta including the possible 2018 VW Jetta Hybrid will switch to the new platform. The current PQ35 platform which has been the base of the Jetta since the introduction of its fifth generation will be replaced with the flexible MQB architecture. The new platform will bring better performance and efficiency alongside the new technologies. What’s more, the new Jetta should get larger body placed on the longer wheelbase for improved interior comfort.
The new generation Jetta should also look more attractive than the version it replaces thanks to sharper body lines, sweeping roofline and redesigned elements.
The new Jetta will adopt bold, hexagonal grille and new headlights with the C-shaped graphic. The hood will get more pronounced creases and the profile will also exhibit bolder shoulder line and sweeping roofline.
The interior of the model hasn’t been revealed. But the cabin will surely borrow the similar design as the latest Golf model. The new sedan will benefit from the latest infotainment system which comes with the larger touchscreen with the gesture controls. VW’s Active Info Display which includes the 12.3-inch instrument panel will also be available in this model alongside the array of active safety features.
2018 VW Jetta Hybrid: Powertrain
The power for the new generation Jetta will come from the 1.4-liter turbocharged engine in its base version. The new model should get improved performance over the current 1.4-liter which delivers 150 hp and torque of 184 pound-feet. The higher trim models will have the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine under the hood with power above 200 hp.
The Jetta could gain a new 7-seven speed automatic transmission but rumors also suggesting the 2018 VW Jetta Hybrid version. If this model would be on the offer, it should combine the upgraded 1.4-liter engine, electric motor and automatic transmission. The total out is expected to improve over the 170 hp of the discontinued 2016 Jetta Hybrid.
2018 VW Jetta Hybrid: Arrival, Price
The new generation Jetta will likely go on sale in early 2018. The price range should again begin from around $18k. If the 2018 VW Jetta Hybrid arrives with the new generation Jetta, the value of this model will reach $30k.