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Volkswagen reveals more not-for-South Africa Jetta sketches


Volkswagen has continued its teaser campaign of the new Jetta with the release more sketches, including a preview of the interior.

Set to make its world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next year, the latest teaser sees the Jetta featuring a front facia heavily derived from the Passat with element of the T-Roc also visible, while the side profile and indeed the almost coupe-like rear takes after the Arteon, the Chinese market Phideon and a number of Audi models.

The interior meanwhile is a radical departure from the current Jetta with the same design and layout as the Golf, highlighted by the obligatory Active Info Display instrument cluster, integrated infotainment display and what appears to be a model specific three-spoke steering wheel.

As previously reported, the Jetta will finally do away with the aged PQ35 platform that underpinned the Golf 5, in favour of the Volkswagen Group's flexible MQB architecture, and offer a range of petrol and perhaps diesel engines shared with its hatch sibling. A sporty GLI model with the same engine as the Golf GTI will again be offered in North America.

What has however been confirmed is that the Jetta will no longer available in South Africa, due to Volkswagen phasing out right-hand drive production in light of the declining small sedan market and rise in the sales of SUVs.

Sales of the current Jetta are expected to continue until stock runs-out next year, although according to reports, it could eventually be replaced by the Polo derived South American Virtus if deemed suitable for right-hand drive markets. While unconfirmed, speculation is that the Virtus could replace the Indian built Vento, a model virtually identical to the outgoing Polo Sedan, therefore making it a local market consideration.

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