Volkswagen Debuts 2019 Jetta at North American International Auto Show 2018


Volkswagen of America Inc. today unveiled the all-new 2019 Jetta during the North American International Auto Show at Detroit’s Cobo Center. The Jetta has sold more than 17 million sedan models since its inception in 1979, with 3.2 million sold in the United States.

The new Jetta now features a bolder design, increased interior space, and new technology, with pricing beginning at $18,545, less than the outgoing base model.

“The Jetta has long been Volkswagen’s best-selling vehicle in the United States,” says Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of Volkswagen’s North American region. “We expect that this all-new car will continue to resonate with buyers in the compact sedan class. With its combination of great technology, fuel-efficient drivetrains, sporty styling, upscale interior and amenities, and fun-to-drive nature we expect that the Jetta will make a huge splash in the compact sedan market when it goes on sale.”

The 2019 Jetta is based on Volkswagen’s Modular Transverse Matric (MQB) architecture and the new model offers a longer wheelbase (105.7 inches), shorter overhangs, and is longer, wider, and taller than the 2018 model.

The increased exterior proportions also result in more interior space, while the Jetta’s exterior is defined by modern lines and a refined appearance, including a larger grille and chrome and standard LED lighting.

Inside, the 2019 Jetta’s redesigned interior includes a driver-oriented cockpit with an infotainment screen placed high on the dashboard for increased accessibility. Driver Personalization for driver seat memory, driver assistance system preferences, temperature, ambient lighting color, radio presets, navigation view, and more is available with up to four driver settings. The Jetta also features new fabric colors and designs for the seats and trim and optional 10-color customizable wrap-around ambient lighting.

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships in the second quarter of 2018 and an R-Line trim will bring sportier features to the lineup at the launch.

Key dates for the 2018 Detroit Auto Show include:

  • Jan. 14-21: AutoMobili-D
  • Jan. 14-16: Press Preview
  • Jan. 17-18: Industry Preview
  • Jan. 19: Charity Preview
  • Jan. 20-28: Public Show

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