The (all) new VW Jetta.

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Here it is!!!!

The all new Jetta is coming over here in March 2005. It will be introduced at the Los Angeles auto show in January.

As you can tell from these pictures, it looks pretty big. It is actually 7 inches longer than the current model. About the size of the current Passat. (which will also be redesigned next year…).

That probably will make it even less popular in Europe (where it is sold as the VW Bora). The European market prefers hatchbacks, therefore the Golf. And smaller cars. The ultra conservative US market favors the big (even bigger now) trunk of the Jetta.

The base engine is also new (at least in the US). The old 2.0 Liter is replaced by the 2.5 Liter 5(!) cylinder engine with 150hp.

The top of the line will be a turbo version of the 2.0 Liter, with 200 hp. No V6 yet…

It looks to me much less modern than the current version. Even a bit bloated, and very much like a Japanese design. Looks like they think the US market wants large boring sedans!

Seems like they are now targeting Altimas and Mazda6 with this model. Instead of pretending to be a small BMW…

Conversation 2 comments

  1. The current turbo gives 180hp. The old turbo was 150.

    The rear end looks like a corrolla.

    Why do they always release pictures in beige. Yuk!

  2. You are right about the Turbo.
    I guess I was thinking about the Beetle.
    It does look like a Corolla.A shame really… And the side looks a lot like the Acura TSX, but heavier.

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