Today Volkswagen announced the debut of its important and all-new 2011 Jetta model, lifting the covers at a special event in Times Square. With a goal to sell 800,000 units a year in North America by 2018, VW has high hopes for the new Jetta, which now boasts best-in-class rear legroom, a new chassis, more stylish design and a lower base price with models starting at, “around $16,000.” (According to the European press release, the price is $15,995).
In total, four engines will be offered on U.S. and Canadian models including the new 138-hp TDI engine currently offered by VW. As for gasoline options, the base engine will be a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder making 113-hp and getting 28-mpg combined with the standard six-speed manual and 26 mpg combined with the six-speed DSG automatic. The 2.5-liter five-cylinder will deliver 168-hp, while top-level 2.0 TSI engine will deliver 197-hp.
As of for the rest of the car, it gets a stylish if understated look, but keeps VW’s excellently finished interior. The car itself is larger than the current Jetta, measuring 3.54-inches longer, with 2.76-inches of that between the wheels to deliver much improve interior space.
GALLERY: 2011 VW Jetta