Volkswagen Jetta Spied

26 May, 2010 12:39pm

Golf based VW saloon makes its debut with this exclusive spy shots.

Last time we saw the Jetta, it was sweating through summer testing in the desert wearing heavy camouflage!

But now we have caught Volkswagen's newest sedan with almost all the camouflage removed!

While there are still a few pieces of body-coloured camouflage on this 2011 Jetta prototype, most of the car is completely production-ready.

And while VW seems to have stuck fake, Toyota-looking badges on this car, it only takes a quick look at the steering wheel centre cap to see the VW logo under a thin piece of tape!

Internally known as NCS – or New Compact Sedan – this updated Jetta will be built on a re-engineered fifth generation Jetta platform. Expect the new car to be longer and wider than the current model.

The Jetta name will likely be carried over, and assembly will continue to take place at Volkswagen's Puebla, Mexico, plant, but the new Jetta will be somewhat longer and a bit wider. Volkswagen will hope to sell 160,000 units annually as they try to lure potential Corolla and Civic buyers in the U. S. with its lower base price. The car will also make it to European dealers but is – again – not expected to be a hot seller.

Although cost-cutting measures may be obvious as compared to the current Jetta, there is speculation that an AWD option may be offered. Production is expected to start in the 4th quarter of 2010, making this updated entry a 2011 model when it crosses the border.

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Are you sure it's not a Corolla with a fake badge on the steering?

Do mine eyes deceive me, or does this car have rear drum brakes??? Surely not? And yet, the rear 3/4 shot seems to depict them. Perhaps this is more elaborate disguise work? I certainly hope so!

Now I've thought that some of the comments about VWs looking "boring" has been, to this point, reasonably unfair. The Scirocco and the Passat CC are both interesting, whether you like them or not.

But this - are they serious? This is the dullest-looking car I have seen on this site in a long time, my jaw just hit the table as a result of the biggest jaw-breaking yawn I have ever done.

That's so dull it's actually offensive.

Agree with GimmeTheSteer completely, what the chuff are VW doing? I bet manufacturers like Citroen, Ford and Renault are rubbing their hands with glee looking at this latest pile of *rap from VW...they really need to up their game!

VW can take design lesson from Hyundai or Mazda. I wont be interested in a VW.

Looks OK to me, its as expected really. Remember the main market for this car is the USA, not EU. VW have done the badge disguise thing in the past on test vehicles.

It isn't a bad looker I suppose although the profile looks to me very much like a mid '90s Honda Accord. I suppose it could be construed as being boring next to a Scirocco but they're two entirely different cars aimed at two entirely different markets. When it does eventually come to these shores it will still sell because of what it is, a VW.

If anyone remembers the original Jetta it was very much based on the Golf and at the time I think it was even billed as a Golf with a boot. I'm not sure I could say the same about this offering though.

VW - probably the most conservative car company in the world!

We all know its just a Golf with a boot for goodness sake

It looks very boring, I have been waiting for the new Jetta before changing my present Passat. But by the looks of it I will be looking at down sizing even further to the Golf. Still trying to convince the wife that the Sirocco is the way to go.

I'm a big fan of the Jetta - I drive one myself, but this has got to be the dullest looking incarnation I have ever seen. I'm sure it is a great car under the skin, but this is the sort of thing you'd expect from Korea 10 years ago. It does not look bad, just...boring. I'd rather it was ugly and interesting. Come on VW - take a change and come up with something that wont' send other road users to sleep, just looking at this car. I don't think I could ever see myself driving this.

J400uk - I think you are right. This is aimed at the US market. I'm from the UK originally, but have lived in NYC for 15 years and drive a Jetta. However, styling like this is only marketable over here at the lower end of the mass market - not for a premium car like the Jetta. I can see car this car having very mediocre sales in the US.

This looks like a deliberately budget model (drum brakes, last generation door handles, boring styling). Perhaps it's a big brother to the Fox - something targetted specifically at the Chinese market? They love their saloons and I think would lap up something cheap with a VW badge. After all, aren't VW busy building old generation cars of the likes of the Jetta and Toledo in China anyway?

The current Jetta isn't jaw-droppingly stylish but it is better looking than the dumpy 5th generation Golf it's based on. I was expecting a new Jetta to be basically a 'dumpy with creases' booted 6th-generation Golf. Hopefully by the time we get to the 7th generation VW will have managed to come up with a Golf and Jetta that look as handsome as the current Polo and Scirocco.

"Shhhh.... No really, I shouldn't"

There is the sound of a strident, germanic and unintellible voice emanating from the telephone handset I am clutching...

"Because, you idiot, if I do comment, I'm going to disturb them!!!"

I stare at the handset with distain...

"Whoa, wait a sec, isn't it obvious what's going on here? They're all counting woolie Jettas leaping over a gate to help them sleep?"

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