Volkswagen is working on the next-generation Jetta, and a prototype has been spotted testing. The ongoing Jetta model has been on the market since 2011 and the time has come for the seventh-generation to step in with the improved design, platform and powerplants. The arrival of the 2018 VW Jetta is expected either at the end of this or the beginning of the next year.
This model is finally going to get rid of the PQ35 platform which has been there since the fifth-generation was introduced. Instead of the PQ35, the German carmaker is going to use a flexible MQB architecture which underpins the Golf and some other vehicles produced by Volkswagen.
We caught a glimpse of the new Jetta design in 2014 when the New Midsize Coupe concept was introduced. The next-generation will be similar to the ongoing version, but the front grille and headlights are going to be redesigned to look more like those on the Polo and the Arteon which is sold in the US.
When it comes to the cabin, there should be a dash layout like the one seen in the latest Golf. Speaking of Golf, it is going to borrow its range of powertrains to the new Jetta, which means that we can expect a 1.5-liter turbocharged I4 as the base unit with a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 powering upper trims.
The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta will be produced in the company’s plant in Puebla, Mexico where most of the Golfs and the latest Tiguan SUV are assembled as well. Pricing details remain unknown, but we expect for the new vehicle to cost around $18,000 as it competes against cars such as Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, Mazda 3, Honda Civic, Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze.
Stay tuned for more details about the 2018 VW Jetta.