The seventh-generation of the German auto manufacturer Volkswagen’s best selling Volkswagen Jetta in its 2018 MY avatar has been spied completely undisguised, the pictures of which have surfaced online.The pictures are reportedly captured at VW’s Mexican facility which is one of the major manufacturing base for the German car company. The latest generation Volkswagen Jetta is expected to make its global debut in USA, most probably at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show which is expected to be conducted by the first week of December just before the year end. The clear spy shots indicate that the vehicle is ready to hit the production.
The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta looks wider than the outgoing model with its new hexagonal grille and more ‘Honda’isque front bumper, which seems inspired from the VW Arteon. The headlights should feature full LED lighting which is expected for the segment. The model captured in the spy pic seems to be the base model with no fancy chrome appliques nor premium finishes. Even the door handles appear to be finished in black.
The picture capturing the side profile of the Volkswagen Jetta sedan clearly highlights the length of the car which appears noticeably longer than the current generation model. In fact, the car is lot longer and sleeker with a shorter roofline which looks more pronounced with the new large quarter glass which was not present in the sixth generation model.
Further adding to the feeling of length is the relatively elongated bonner and a low set nose which carries a more hunkered-down look. Similar to the VW Virtus which was spied recently in Brazil, the new gen Jetta too features an Audi-esque rear profile with sleek wrap around tail lamps which look sharp and gelling well with the overall design of the sedan.
Needless to say, the new Jetta is based on the group’s cost efficient MQB modular platform shared by many models including the Skoda Octavia. The extra width and length should translate to more room inside. While the current gen Jetta is already discontinued in India owing to poor sales and low margin, we need to see whether Volkswagen plans to launch the same in India.