In addition to fresh styling, the redesigned 2019 Volkswagen Jetta will have much-improved driving dynamics, will be more fuel-efficient, and will be available with updated safety and infotainment technology compared with the outgoing model.
Volkswagen's top-selling model in the U.S. is now based on the global MQB platform that underpins VW vehicles from the Golf to the Atlas. The Jetta will continue to be powered by a 150-hp 1.4-liter turbocharged I-4 engine, but will now be mated to either an eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission, increasing fuel efficiency.
The 2019 Jetta will get post-collision braking standard, with optional blind spot monitoring, rear parking assist and adaptive cruise control. It will also come with standard LED front and rear exterior lighting, and an updated cockpit that will largely mirror the European 2018 Golf, with available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible infotainment.
Neither pricing nor overall fuel economy has yet been announced. The redesigned Jetta will be built in Mexico for sale in North America, and should appear in U.S. showrooms beginning this summer.