It’s a well known fact that the Jetta is the most important car VW sells in the US, and that a new model was just around the corner. On a Tuesday morning in New York City’s famed Times Square, VW created an ‘urban oasis’ for the global debut of the sixth generation Jetta. Details on the new Jetta are few. What we do know is the Jetta now rides on its own platform-you can’t call the Jetta a Golf with a trunk any longer. If the Jetta looks larger, it is-3.5″ longer than the car it replaces.
Engines are carryover, which is unexpected in an otherwise all new car. Returning to the engine room are the familiar 2.5L inline five (170hp), 2.0 TDI (140hp) and 2.0TSI (200hp). All engines are available with a manual or automatic transmission. Trim levels will consist of base S, SE, SEL, TDI, and GLI. VW has not released pricing for the 2011 Jetta, but did say the car will start at around $16,000USD. The 2011 Jetta arrives in dealer showrooms this October.
* The Garage thanks reader Kevin Urban for the pics of the Jetta at Times Square.