CARS.COM — Volkswagen released four sketches of the next-generation Jetta, slated to debut in full as a 2019-model-year redesign during January's 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. If the sketches are any indication, the new Jetta combines a buttoned-down face — albeit with a taller, hexagonal grille instead of the current two-bar unit — with a tail that recalls the Audi A4 or A5.
That's to be expected, as the soup comes from the same kitchen (or the knockwurst comes from the same metzger, as it were) since Audi is a Volkswagen Group brand. Inside, a single interior sketch signals a progression from the wraparound dashboard in the current-generation Golf, which shares the new Jetta's MQB platform, to a split-level design with a bit more layering. The gauge hood still extends high over the multimedia display — as opposed to the smaller hoods and pop-up displays in vogue these days — and the display itself appears to be a more integrated take on Volkswagen's current (and excellent) touchscreen.
Physical volume and tuning knobs are present — unless Volkswagen's artists played a cruel trick on us. The sketched gauges appear virtual, a sign that the new Jetta may also offer Volkswagen's Digital Cockpit instruments.
We know the 2019 Jetta's primary engine is a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder, which served well in the outgoing generation. An eight-speed automatic replaces the prior six-speed unit, and it performed well in our drive of camouflaged preproduction cars. Stay tuned for more details when the Jetta shows up at the Detroit auto show; press days are Jan. 14-16.
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