Turns Out This IS America’s New 2018 VW Jetta

Remember a set of leaked images of a new VW sedan we showed you a while ago? After comparing them to the teaser drawings VW has been releasing lately, it’s not hard to see that this was North America’s new Jetta all along.

The Jetta is VW’s best-selling model in the US and the new generation wants to re-ignite the momentum of the model with a sportier design and more engaging handling.

Reddit user HauntedHat posted the same images we showed you back in August, revealing pretty much everything. The exterior styling features sculpted surfaces, more prominent shoulder lines, a sportier roofline and a boot lid with an integrated spoiler lip.

The new model will ride on the latest version of VW’s widely-used MQB platform, which is also used on models like the Atlas, Tiguan and of course Golf. Fuel-efficient petrol engines will include the 150hp 1.4-liter turbo unit, which will be now paired to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic.

The new Jetta will also feature the latest in driver assistance systems, including automatic city braking and adaptive cruise control, as well as a digital instrument display and the latest infotainment systems featuring a complete range of connectivity options.

The seventh generation of the German brand’s compact sedan will go on sale in mid-2018, with its public debut set for the Detroit Auto Show this January.


  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    They’ve Subaru’d it!

    • João Ricardo

      More like Skoda

      • Ermal Morina

        Yep,looks more of a Škoda

      • Obsequious Lickspittle


        • Bo Hanan


          • Obsequious Lickspittle

            Off to bed with you young lady.

  • xDRAN0x

    On steelies? lol

  • samurai

    After seeing the new Arteon this design is totally disappointing. The rear end is horrible

  • Six_Tymes

    burn it with fire! oh wait, on second diesel fumes thought, never mind.

  • Christian Wimmer

    I thought I was looking at a facelifted European Ford Mondeo when I saw the side profile photo…

  • Evo45

    In drawings the front looks better, sort of.

  • nastinupe

    Looks horrible.

    • Belthronding Tinuviel

      and boring as HELL.

  • It looks like an Audi A4, from the earlier built, combined with a Skoda formation. So they don’t have to bring Skoda to US.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Wow, what a sexy looking car.

  • kachuks

    Horrible tail lamps and grill looks like leftovers from Audi.


    Yawn. I bet if there is a Skoda version of this it will be better.

    • Miknik

      It’s called Skoda Octavia and it isn’t really. A sensible, spacious but also boring to hell and back XXL hatchback that is as joyous to look at and drive in standard versions as an annual accountant forum….

  • sean tooher

    these photos have been doing the rounds on the internet for THREE MONTHS …. a scoop this is NOT !!!!

    • Captain Obvious

      These photos were posted last August… as the article explains

      • Auf Wiedersehen

        So FIVE months then…I’m with Sean…it’s even farther from a scoop.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Loving how VW is treating the US market right now.


    • Malik

      To be fair, North America has pushed VW closer to the bankrupt; the market [slow] and the dieselgate [fined].

      • Auf Wiedersehen

        So because of our stupid ass government, who’d rather prosecute for harming the environment than killing people, VW would kill or cripple a whole market? I can see your reason why they’d do that if they were 6 year olds on a playground but VW is a multinational company who wants to be the world’s largest.

        This process of them making amazing models and only giving the US what they will pay for has been around for a long time. Only around 2011 did it get worse with the models we DO get. We haven’t had a real Euro VW since the Corrado in 1994. The rest have all been watered down for the US market because the US society won’t pay for a highly optioned, high HP, performance small car. At least not in the numbers they want us to. I would! But car enthusiast can’t satisfy shareholders and board members.

        I currently have a 2009 Jetta WB and a 2009 GTI and both are heads above the current models in style and build/materials. I had a 2010 GTI that was the last VW I bought where I could option it up and had excellent build/materials. Still not a Euro model but better than current models. Since then I returned a 2014 CC that was not NEAR the quality of the other three, period. In 2011 they went to option packages and even cut THOSE to the bone. The proceeding years has gotten even less options and standard features and certain models not even able to have certain options at all, while Euro cars are still al-a cart options.

        We are only a cog on the machine that is VAG. We serve a purpose: to buy as many as they can send here cheap and they’ll throw a few GT stickers on a Passat as a bonus model. Europe is the darling and will always get all the good stuff.

        • Enter Ranting

          VW is a corrupt and dishonest company that makes low quality vehicles. The GTi I leased completely fell apart within six months. They can keep the crap they sell in the US.

          • Auf Wiedersehen

            I would partially agree with you, but AFTER 2011-2012. And just for clarity, it’s GTI. GTi is a Peugeot. And in case you missed it, ALL car companies are corrupt and dishonest.

          • Kyle Newberry

            Unless you are small and have to be as honest as possible lol. (thinking of Mazda)

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      Right now? This has been an ongoing problem since 2011.

  • Dennis Scipio

    I know the Jetta is a compact car, but it’s dimensions make it look mid size.

    • dumblikeyou2

      Same can be said about the Civic. I’m amazed how much bigger the Civic is when it’s side by side on the road with cars that are classified as mid to full size. It’s as wide as many SUVs too.

  • Jason Panamera

    Bring Phideon to USA.

  • roy

    I thought I was looking at a facelifted European Ford Mondeo when I saw the side profile photo…

  • LJ

    You sure that’s not a ‘93 Taurus?

    • I was wondering why it looked so familiar and especially at the rear…

    • Bo Hanan

      I get it.

  • pcurve

    surprised this trim has body colored bumpers.

    • Six Thousand Times

      It’s a prototype, not a trim level.

      • pcurve

        haha gotcha… though it doesn’t look all that different than production model they used to sell.

        • Six Thousand Times

          It’s essentially a pre-production tester. Maybe for assembly or to test parts.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Didn’t we all know this already?

  • I need to see it with some decent rims and better yet, the GLI version and the interior…only then I will make up my mind…VW has said they won’t cheapen the interiors of their US cars, let’s see if they really mean that…

  • dumblikeyou2

    Fake news. No way that douche bag tail light design is the real thing. Heading over to Fox for the truth.

  • eb110americana

    What? Where am I? I just woke up and found myself here. Last thing I recall, I was looking at some nondescript white rental car and then, zzzzzzzz…

  • Karl

    If this is the best that Volkswagen can do for the US market then please don’t bother! Camry and Accord will continue to eat this boring design for breakfast! How insulting of VW!

  • Miknik

    Comparing the sketch to the white car is like your pic on Tinder and you in reality…

  • Knotmyrealname

    Looks like they ran out of space, otherwise they could have put another 20 bonnet creases on there.

  • KSegg

    Being a car designer must be the easiest job in the world right now.

    Go to work, do nothing, go home, get paid.

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