American Volkswagen Jetta of the seventh generation has gone through restyling: not only the base sedan has been updated, but also the “charged” Jetta GLI. External changes boil down to new bumpers, slightly modernized optics and a slightly different radiator grille, and the main innovation in the cabin is a virtual instrument panel with a diagonal of eight or 10.2 inches, which replaced the analog scales. In addition, the Jetta lost a 1.4-liter engine – it was replaced by a 1.5-liter engine familiar from the Taos crossover (American analogue Skoda Karoq).
The Jetta is in strong demand in the US, with sales up five percent in 2021 compared to 2020, and is one of Volkswagen’s top three bestsellers in the local market. The restyling is intended to consolidate this result – the sedan has expanded the palette of colors, offered a new engine from the recently launched Taos, and also added new options, including, for example, a proprietary telematics system.
In the USA and Canada, the updated Jetta is now equipped with a 1.5 TSI engine of the EA211 Evo family, which develops 160 horsepower and is combined with a six-speed “mechanics” or an eight-speed automatic. The previous 1.4-liter unit will remain in the range, but only for Mexico and other Latin American countries.
The list of equipment has been expanded with an automatic braking system and a monitoring system for blind spots, and optionally, you can order adaptive cruise control and a car lane keeping system.
The “charged” Jetta GLI, as before, is available with a 2.0-liter TSI turbo engine with a capacity of 230 horsepower, a pair of which is a six-speed “mechanics” or a seven-speed “robot” DSG. This sedan comes standard with adaptive dampers and a limited-slip differential.
The start of sales of the restyled Jetta is scheduled for the end of 2021. Prices for the model for the US market have not yet been announced.