Hinrich Woebcken, CEO of Volkswagen North America, confirmed the arrival of the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta on Saturday at a roundtable discussion in Los Angeles. He revealed that the next generation sedan will have a coupe-like silhouette designed for the U.S. market. The Jetta will join a host of luxury and entry-luxury vehicle that have adopted two-door styling for a four-door sedan in a bid to emphasize performance in the face of fading sedan sales.
The next generation model will debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. It is expected to go on sale in Spring 2018. Based on the automaker’s flexible MQB platform, the latest model will have new technology and features aimed at U.S. consumers. While Woebcken did not discuss specific features or powertrain options, we expect that the 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder from the previous model year will carry over to the next generation. We hope that the new model will also boost power from the current figures, 150 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.
It should come as no surprise that Volkswagen is eager to market a new vehicle to American audiences after losing thousands of disgruntled customers during the diesel emissions crisis. We’re also not surprised that the automaker is jumping on the bandwagon of coupe-like styling for their next sedan. But we have yet to find a four-door “coupe” that looks as good as the two-door version. We’ll have more after the 2018 Detroit auto show.