Official: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta pictures, video and specifications

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Thanks for the patience ladies and gentlemen, we finally have the official pictures (in high resolution!) and video of the 2011 / MK6 Volkswagen Jetta that has been unveiled in the United States today. The reason we are so excited about this vehicle is because its coming to India soon!

Like we told you a few days back, the new Jetta DOES look like the ‘New Compact Coupe’ (refer to the gallery) that Volkswagen showcased at the 2010 Detroit Motor Show. The MK6 Jetta is based on a completely new platform and fortunately it isn’t a mere ‘Golf-sedan’ anymore like its predecessors. The new car is 3.5 inches longer than the car that is currently sold in India. Hence its a no-brainer that the new Jetta packs in a lot more cabin space than the outgoing model. Speaking of the cabin, the new Jetta has its interiors done in the same way as the MK6 Golf and the Passat CC that was launched in the US.

The engine options for the North American version are as follows:

  • Petrol
    • 2.0 litre in-line 4 (coming to India)
    • 2.5-litre R5 (in-line 5)
    • 2.0-litre TSI
  • Diesel
    • 2.0-litre TDI CR (coming to India)
  • Transmissions
    • 5-speed manual and 5-speed automatic (all engines)
    • Optional 6-speed automatic with DSG (2.0 TDI CR and 2.0 TSI)

The MK6 Volkswagen Jetta will begun testing for India in the month of July. We are expecting a late 2010-early 2011 launch for the car. Pricing for the US version is not available at the moment, but for India, expect the pricing to be slightly higher than the outgoing variant.


Volkswagen Announces World Debut of All-New 2011 Jetta, Delivering Sophisticated Style at an Accessible Price

All-new 2011 Jetta Sets New Standard in its Class Delivering Sophisticated Style, Precision German Engineering and Carefree Maintenance at an Accessible Price

HERNDON, Va., June 15 /PRNewswire/ — Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced the world debut of its all-new 2011 Jetta, delivering style, precision German engineering and Carefree Maintenance, all at an extremely accessible price. At a starting price point of around $16,000, the all-new 2011 Jetta offers best in class rear legroom, a premium interior and Volkswagen essentials. Unveiled for the first time today at an unexpected urban oasis in Times Square, New York, the all-new 2011 Jetta features clean lines, refined side architecture and premium style combined with Volkswagen’s trademark precision German engineering. The all-new 2011 Jetta sets a new standard in its class and will be available in the U.S. this October.

“Today marks the beginning of a new era for Volkswagen and for Jetta,” said Stefan Jacoby, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “The all-new 2011 Jetta is a class-up driving experience with the kind of styling, design and power under the hood normally found in more expensive luxury cars. At an extremely attractive price, this car is sophisticated, fun to drive and practical.”

Engine and Transmission

The North American version of the all-new 2011 Jetta features the powerful and efficient German engineering drivers have come to expect from Volkswagen. Four engines will be available in the U.S. and Canada, including a 2.0-liter turbodiesel direct injection (TDI) Clean Diesel featuring common rail injection with 236 lbs-ft. of torque (320 Newton-meters). The engine runs as quietly as a gasoline engine, but yields the power of a sports car achieving 0-60 mph in 8.7 seconds. Additional engines include the 2.0, 2.5 R5, and as of 2011, the 2.0 TSI. All Jetta engines will be offered with a manual transmission as standard equipment. An automatic transmission will also be available with each engine version as an option. On the new 2.0-liter TDI and 2.0-liter TSI, Volkswagen will offer the 6-speed DSG – one of the most advanced and efficient automatic transmission systems in the world. In the U.S., S, SE, SEL and TDI versions of the Jetta will be available, as will a 2.0-liter GLI.


The all-new 2011 Jetta has been completely overhauled, inside and out. Its new wheelbase and exterior length are significantly bigger than its predecessor – resulting in superior performance, more space and greater comfort. At 182.7-inches long, 57.1 inches tall and 70.1 inches wide, it is more than 3.5 inches longer than its predecessors. The interplay of exterior dimensions leads to a powerful balance of proportions. In parallel, the new Volkswagen ‘design DNA’ sharpens the car’s styling. This has resulted in clear, precise lines and athletically muscular surfaces, which lend a timeless elegance and dynamic styling to the sedan.

On the front end of the car, the prominence of horizontal lines defines the design. The high-gloss black radiator grille combines with the car’s trapezoidal headlights to form a styling unit. Under this is the fully painted bumper, which is designed as cleanly as a sculpted surface. Below that, another cooling air intake and the tray-shaped front spoiler gives the car a sporty finish. The upper front end section shows a powerful transition from the v-shaped engine hood to the fenders on the sides; the shoulder section realized here derived from the NCC concept car, and provides dynamic and muscular styling.

The styling characteristics in the side profile of the Jetta meld into yet another interpretation of the ‘design DNA’ conceptualized by Walter de Silva, the Italian Head of Design for the Volkswagen Group and the German Head of Design for the Volkswagen Brand, Klaus Bischoff. A great example of the unique styling characteristics is found in the shoulder or ‘tornado’ line and the powerfully emphasized arches of the wheel wells. Formally, they intersect the large homogeneous surfaces, conveying a strong dynamic image. Thanks to wide track dimensions, the wheel arches also form a precise transition – as though cut with a knife – up to the tires, which could be as much as 18-inches.

With integrated turn signal indicators, the styling of the outside mirrors emulates the larger CC. Compared with the previous model, the all-new Jetta has grown in clarity and pre-eminence in its side profile. Harmonized surfaces and sporty shoulders dominate the rear section. Powerful in illumination and visually distinctive, the taillights are split into two sections, extending on either side from the fender into the tailgate.


A key benefit of the extended wheelbase is that it resulted in a more comfortable layout of the five-seat rear seating area. Legroom is now a long 38.1 inches, a 2.6-inch gain from the previous model. Customers looking for a more personalized touch can for the first time have interior accents changed out at a Volkswagen dealer.

Engineers went to work on the interior down to the finest details, providing a level of quality and perfection far beyond other vehicles in its class. A common conceptual thread throughout the car is the intuitive controls and well-arranged instruments. The new steering wheel designs impress both visually and to the touch. The right hand rests ergonomically on the gear shift grip. Further up on the center console are the newly designed and intuitive controls for climate, radio and radio-navigation systems. This console section is slightly inclined toward the driver for ideal alignment of the cockpit. Also in optimal view are the round instruments. The multifunction display (trip computer) is located between them.

The rear bench seatback is split 40/60 and folds, increasing the car’s versatility. The tailgate can also be opened from inside the car by a remote unlock switch. Up to six airbags (two front airbags, two side airbags in front, two window airbags/thorax airbags in the area of the front side windows) are also part of the equipment package.


Previous Jetta versions received accolades for safety with features like electronic stability control and tire pressure monitoring standard. The all-new 2011 Jetta has been further enhanced with even more protections and crash safety improvements.

[Update: The news of the official VW pictures leaking on the internet can be seen everywhere now. Pictures of the new car without any watermark are readily available] The specifications of the car  have been revealed by Worldcarfans. We dont know how correct they are with their prediction of the possible powerplants under the bonnet, but they sound confident for sure. Here is the list of engines that will be available on the Jetta once the car gets unveiled in the US of A in a few hours from now.

  • Petrol
    • 1.2-liter 105 PS,
    • 1.4-liter 123 PS
    • 2.0-lite 203 PS.
  • Diesel
    • 1.6-liter 105PS
    • 2.0-liter 140PS

we expect the 2.0-liter diesel to make an appearance in India when the car is launched in the country later in the year.

In addition to the aforementioned engines, the car will also get a Bluemotion 1.2 TSI petrol and a Bluemotion 1.6 TDI diesel

Here’s the update we gave you a few hours ago.

What you can see above is the Volkswagen ‘New Compact Coupe’ hybrid concept car that the German car maker unveiled at the 2010 Detroit Motor Show. So what relation does it have to the title on this news story? Well, forget the concept’s hybrid powertrain and the expected low CO2 emissions and concentrate on the design. We would like to claim that the NCC is pretty much what the new Jetta is going to look like. Either take our word for it, or wait till June 15th when the car is officially unveiled to the public.

Speaking of its public unveiling, Volkswagen’s US website has actually started a countdown timer for the Jetta’s public appearance! They have featured a traditional movie cut board for the timer which is slated to end at 11:25 am EST on 15th June 2010. Stay tuned to Motoroids as we bring you all the details soon….

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