New VW Jetta To Debut In Detroit, Promises To Be “Super Modern”

The Volkswagen Jetta is one of the company’s most important sedans and VW North America CEO Hinrich Woebcken has revealed some new details about the next-generation model.

Speaking with VW Vortex at the Redbull Global Rallycross Championship, Woebcken confirmed the redesigned model will debut at the North American International Auto Show in January. He went on to say the car will be “super modern” and have an “emotional” design with coupe-like styling features.

While the current Jetta has been described as dull, Woebcken stated “We have given the car a North American ‘touch’ but not always in terms of low cost and less content.” What he means remains to be seen but the executive said they listed to feedback from customers and dealers when developing the car.

Part of this feedback pushed the company to have a Jetta R-Line available at launch. He also confirmed the car will be offered with manual transmission at launch and a GLI variant will arrive approximately one year after the standard model.

Besides talking about the Jetta, Woebcken said the Arteon will arrive in the second half of 2018 and be followed by a redesigned Passat one year later. He said the latter model has a “really exciting exterior design” but will still be “recognizable as a Passat.”

In other news, the executive confirmed the T-Roc isn’t coming to America but a small crossover will likely arrive in 2019.

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  • pcurve

    Hopefully it’s more than just skin deep like Arteon, which still has drabby passat interior.

  • Let’s see what the interior looks like…I’m just tired of VAG Corporate in Wolfsburg giving us cheaper decontented versions of what the rest of the world gets…I mean, even Nigeria gets VW models with better interiors and more options than the US…

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Nope. Not getting my hopes up this time.

    • eb110americana

      I’m going to go out on a limb and say it will look exactly like the current model, only a bit clunkier, with the same damn interior that they have been putting in their cars for the last 10 years.

      • Tumbi Mtika


      • Matt

        Yes. For a long time vw had interiors that were at the top of it’s class. Not the highest of tech nor designs but the quality was there along with a contemporary design that aged well. Something like Europe’s passat or close to an a4 fit&finish would be very welcoming. Bring back the “vw door thud” I’m fine with plastics so long as they feel nice & are of high quality or out of the way but look nice. Their faux leather isn’t bad but bring it up a notch. Put in alcentora to cut costs in places where hands/knees touch if mid grade leather is too much $$.

        Cut out piano gloss black trim, keep the nice feeling physical buttons, make sure there’s no rattles and since parts are made in house to cut costs. If they wanted, vw could be above the class leader mazda in interiors.

        Yes, the mass wants tech over pretty much everything else but vw, make what set you apart before – cars that feel german @ a price of the competition.

  • Leconte Dave
    • Miknik

      “Super Modern” isn’t exactly the best phrase to describe this sea of vanilla….

      • botornot387

        super clinical and boring is more like it. this is actually is ten steps back in style

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      I hope that isn’t it….that is awful and the last I saw this one, it was rumored to be the Chinese model. That hood is overly and unnecessarily designed.

    • Infinite1

      Looks like a Ford Fusion

  • Jawohl

    It can only get better than current one

  • Bash

    Its a Jetta, cant be Super modern! period.

  • SteersUright

    We dont want a Jetta R-line, we want a proper R. A 300+ hp sedan version of the Golf R.

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      We do, but sadly we will never see it in the US.

  • Vassilis

    Suuuper Modern!