2011 Volkswagen Jetta Leaked Ahead of Official Debut

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta Leaked Ahead of Official Debut

Ahead of the car’s official debut tomorrow, the folks at AutoExpress have released a selection of photos showing the all-new 2011 Volkswagen Jetta sedan. Rather than being based on the same architecture as the Golf, the 2011 Jetta gets an all-new platform.

In Europe the new compact sedan will come with either a selection of gasoline engines including a 104-horsepower 1.2-liter TSI, a 121-hp 1.4-liter TSI and a 200-hp 2.0-liter TSI. As for diesels, two options will also be on the table including a 104-horsepower 1.6 TDI and a 138-hp  2.0-liter TDI.

According to rumors and reports, when it does arrive in North America, the 2011 Jetta is expected to cost under $15,000 to start and will get a torsion beam rear suspension rather than the European fully-independent unit in a bid to save costs.

GALLERY: 2011 VW Jetta

[Source: AutoExpress]

  • FowVay

    This is insane! We screamed our bloody heads off at Ford for not selling us their fantastic European Focus in North America. We had to settle for the archaic version that should have come with a horses whip and stirrups.

    Now Volkswagen, the top seller in Europe and a market share ‘hopeful’ in North America is giving us a Jetta with drum brakes and twisty ‘girder beam’ rear axle? This isn’t happening.

    Herr Meister Jacoby may be leaving the good old boys in Herndon for greener pastures but surely he didn’t do this to his replacement Mr. Mark Barnes on purpose… or did he?

    If this is how you hope to reach 1 million sales in North America,, please go home and don’t come back!

  • Colum Wood

    It would seem that VW’s plan to be the number one automaker involves becoming just like Toyota. Will it work – maybe. Judging from the recent JD Power studies, even if VW makes Toyota-like cars, they have a long way to go on quality and reliability.

  • FowVay

    I agree with that quote whole heartedly. The VW product has a long way to go to even reach “average” quality and reliability. What we never see discussed is what corporate VWoA plans to do about their abysmal dealership network that doesn’t seem to be able to repair the products, stock the proper engine oils or even diagnose the most basic of problems.

    The entire automotive industry is becoming complex. Volkswagen seems to have major issues with their direct injected gasoline engines clogging the intake valves with gunk, their common-rail TDI engine chewing the high pressure fuel pump to pieces, and the dual-mass flywheels associated with the direct-shift gearbox (DSG) failing shortly out of warranty. And this is all before the temperature sensor in the gearbox senses a over temp. and puts the car into neutral while you’re in the fast lane with a 80,000 lb. 18-wheeler breathing down your neck.

    I think VW needs to direct their efforts toward something other than cheapening the next generation Jetta to compete with the Corolla. Warranty denial and coaching the dealerships to claim ‘fuel contamination’ to avoid warranty coverage doesn’t reinforce the desires of a company that would like to fill the number 1 slot.

  • mk42low

    I am a major vw fan and I will probably always own a vw auto group product.
    FowVay what you just said was a few of the problems the car had but in reality if you go in debt to every car produced now they all have their problems like so. I know GM has them with their cars, Chrysler is known to have horribly built transmissions, Toyota with their drive-by set up.

  • MELISSA

    I’VE BEEN WAITING TO GET A VW TDI AND NOW THAT I HAVE THE DOWN PAYMENT, I CAN’T FIND ONE AND MAYBE THAT’S LUCKY? ARE THERE A LOT OF PROBLEMS WITH THE 2010 STATION WAGON?

  • lghf

    MELISSA there should be more arriving in August, the Golf wagon has been having fuel pump
    failures in about 1% of vehicles this has been happening in the first 30K and it is
    warranty issue. See Tdiclub.com for more information.

  • B4TDI driver

    I like the A6/MKVI body style better the current one . Not really happy about the suspension changes . But the brake thing is a non-issue to as I will only buy a diesel , the TDI . And I would give anything to have the option of that 1.6 TDI in the US , I care more about mpgs than power/hp . VW if you are listening , bring a high mpg low power TDI powered car to the USA/Canada !!!!

  • Neal Grover

    My 2.0l TDI Wagon brand new and routinely hitting 40+ mpg in daily driving. Shift early shift often and don’t use all that fun torque… you’ll have a real miser. If you drive it like a sports car you can still get thrills and not dip below 20mpg. A relief after trading in a much beloved turbo Subaru Legacy Wagon. I am glad I didn’t wait until the new platform change, though, if they want to mess with the rear end. Bad!