This Is the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta
Volkswagen has released drawings of the next generation Jetta.
Volkswagen's bread-and-butter car in the U.S. has traditionally been the Jetta. Sales have been dropping consistently since 2011, no doubt due to the rise of the crossover and the impending doom of the sedan. But it's still selling more than 100,000 cars per year, may still be the last fun $15,000 car, and remains an important part of VW's lineup. On Tuesday VW released some drawings that give us an idea of what the next generation of Jetta will look like.
The design is clearly an evolution of the current car. While it is a sleeker, edgier design, there's no mistaking what this car is, except maybe for confusing it with an Audi. The Jetta appears to gain another crease or two on the side, extending forward from the tail lights. The rear-most side window now sports a subtle Hofmeister kink, a styling cue formerly unique to BMWs that has since been borrowed by numerous manufacturers. The roofline seems shorter, or maybe the belt line is taller. It's hard to tell, but either way, the car looks a little more squashed than the current version, like the current Beetle compared to the original New Beetle.
The rear is, again, an evolution of the current design. There seem to be two chrome exhaust ports on either side of the bumper. Whether they are functional or not remains to be seen. The lip on top of the trunk lid is less subtle and more integrated, extending onto the quarter panels.
The interior remains what one would expect of Volkswagen. The center of the dashboard now wraps slightly around the driver, as opposed to being flat like the current model. A good old-fashioned stick remains as the shifter, not some newfangled dial or buttons. Although VW dropped the manual transmission from the current Jetta GLI, Autoblog confirms that the next Jetta will offer both an eight-speed automatic and a six-speed manual transmission, powered by essentially the same 1.4-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine as the current model. We can expect more oomph from the future Jetta GLI.
Keep in mind that these artist renderings aren't a true representation of the actual car. The huge wheels and lack of door handles likely won't make it into production. But this is best look at the new Jetta we've had yet, and we'll only have to wait until next year to see the real thing.
Sadly, VW has not confirmed that there will be a Ute version available.