VW teases 2019 Jetta ahead of Detroit auto show debut

Volkswagen just released sketches of the 2019 Jetta, ahead of its Detroit auto show debut next month. While these might be just drawings, they give us a pretty good look of what to expect from the final production car.

The Jetta’s exterior has been spruced up from its usual boxy shape and straight angles, now featuring a front fascia that resembles the VW Arteon and certain Audi models. The headlights merge with the grille, just like the on the Atlas and Tiguan, and the tail lights resemble the Audi A4. All Jettas will come standard with alloy wheels and LED headlights.

Inside, the simplicity continues with interior lines that tilt dash controls towards the driver. Volkswagen’s Digital Cockpit instrument cluster will be available on certain trims, replacing traditional dials. Like more upscale cars, an ambient lighting system will also be offered.

From our brief taste of the 2019 Jetta last week, the car will have a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Exact output hasn’t been finalized, but expect around 150 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. The Jetta will come with either an eight-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual.

We’ll have full details on the 2019 Jetta once the North American International Auto Show kicks off in Detroit next month.