Volkswagen introduced the new, 2019 Jetta on Sunday ahead of the Detroit auto show. It will ride on the company’s modern MQB platform and keep the same 1.4-liter turbocharged four making 147 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque.
The 2019 VW Jetta is longer than the outgoing model by about an inch, with shorter overhangs, and wider and lower than the previous model. It also gets a redesigned front fascia with standard LED lighting. The roof slopes back faster giving it a more coupe-like profile.
Inside, buyers will find soft-touch materials all around with new trapezoidal elements, new colors and designs along with optional 10-color wrap-around ambient lights. Heated and cooled front seats, power driver’s seat with memory functionality, leather and dual-zone climate control are optional. The new center storage console is large enough to fit a standard iPad, says VW.
More expensive versions (SEL and SEL Premium) come with VW’s new Digital Cockpit: a 12.3-inch customizable display featuring a high-resolution thin-film transistor (TFT) display with 1440 x 540-pixel resolution with ambient lighting, if equipped, radio presets and navigation. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.
A rearview camera comes standard while forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitor with rear traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, high beam control and lane departure warning are all optional.
As mentioned, it gets the same 4-cylinder engine as the outgoing model, now with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic sending power forward.
An R-Line trim features sportier styling, exclusive interior and exterior design elements, R-Line badging, and the XDS electronic front differential.
The 2019 VW Jetta goes on sale in the second quarter of 2018.
The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta comes standard with a rearview camera; adaptive cruise control as well as other active safety features, are optional.
The 2019 VW Jetta was revealed on Sunday night before the North American International Auto Show.