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Next Volkswagen Jetta spied for the first time


Now very much the oldest in its class having debuted back in 2010, first spy shots have emerged of Volkswagen's seventh generation Jetta undergoing testing in California.

Although still wearing heavy amounts of camouflage and reportedly only expected to break cover towards the end of the year, the Jetta will allegedly incorporate styling elements from both the Arteon and China-market Phideon, with the interior set to mirror that of the recently refreshed Golf.

The biggest change will however come underneath where the aged PQ35 platform will make way for the same MQB architecture used by various other Volkswagen Automotive Group (VAG) products, resulting in a significant drop in weight compared to the current model.

Underneath the bonnet, European spec models will likely feature the same range of TSI and TDI engines as the Golf, while US-bound versions are expected to receive a normally aspirated 1.6 FSI, a 1.2, 1.4 or 1.8 TSI and in the case of the performance GLI, the same 2.0 TSI as the Golf GTI.

A five-speed manual gearbox will be standard on base models, with a six-speed manual on higher spec versions and a seven-speed DSG optional. Expect more details to be divulged in the coming months.


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