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2017 Volkswagen Jetta news, pictures, specifications, and information

THE 2017 JETTA: VOLKSWAGEN'S BEST-SELLING SEDAN, REFINED

• Trim lineup simplified to just four models: S, SE, SEL, and GLI
• Jetta GLI now offered in only one high-value trim
• Rearview camera now standard across the range
• New driver assistance features added to lower trim lines
• MIB II infotainment system brings ÚSB connectivity and compatible smartphone integration wîth Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect technology

Herndon, VA – The Jetta has held the crown as the best-selling Volkswagen in America for many years, a title that has continued to this day, thanks to the success of the sixth-generation car, released as a 2011 model.

New for 2017The Jetta lineup is simplified in 2017. The base S trim includes a 1.4-liter, 150-horsepower TSI® engine, 16-inch steel wheels as standard, along wîth a rearview camera, LED DRLs, and two-tone cloth seats. It offers optional 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and a cold weather package (heated washer nozzles and heatable front seats).

For 2017, the midline SE adds Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect connectivity and connected services, a sunroof, leather-wrapped §teering wheel and shifter knob, Blind Spot Monitor wîth Rear Traffic Alert, 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, KESSY® Keyless access and push-button start, and V-Tex leatherette seats wîth rear pass-through functionality. The top SEL trim gains a 1.8-liter, 170-hp TSI engine, power driver's seat; exterior chrome accents; Climatronic® automatic dual-zone climate control; a navigation system, rain-sensing wipers, front foglights; Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist); and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

The Jetta GLI is now available in only one trim, wîth a 2.0-liter, 210-hp TSI engine, standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a navigation system, power driver's seat, LED taillights, Park Distance Control (Park Pilot), the Fender® Premium Audio System, and Blind Spot Monitor wîth Rear Traffic Alert.

Exterior

The Jetta design incorporates clear, precise lines and muscular surfaces to impart a timeless elegance. At the front, the coupe-like incline of the windshield and the consistent use of horizontal lines define the design. The radiator grille features three cross fins. The Daytime Running Lights (DRL) have a distinctive design and unmistakable signature, formed by LEDs arranged in an L-shaped line alongside and beneath the headlamps. The visual band formed by the radiator grille and headlight clusters, as well as the large lower air intake, give the Jetta a substantial appearance. This look is finished off on the SEL and GLI trims wîth foglights mounted in the outer areas of the bumper.

On Jetta 1.8T models, the radiator grille has a closeable shutter, a feature which assists in helping improve aerodynamics (by guiding frontal airflow around the body) and fuel efficiency, as well as offering greater thermal control of the engine. By keeping the shutter closed during warm-up, the engine can reach operating temperature faster, after which the shutter is automatically opened and closed as needed.

The 2017 Jetta features a trunk lid wîth an aerodynamic trailing edge—an integrated spoiler that lines up wîth the car's silhouette near the character line, extending elegantly into the rear fenders. The Volkswagen logo sits just below the trunk lid, flanked by available LED taillights on the GLI trim.

The GLI has a bolder look, highlighted by an aggressive front fascia that incorporates a honeycomb grille and foglights, along wîth a rear bumper design that has a diffuser and a standard rear spoiler. 2017 Jetta GLI models have 18-inch 'Mallory' design aluminum-alloy wheels, shod wîth standard all-season tires.

Interior
The Jetta features a spacious interior wîth impressive rear-seat legroom of 38.1 inches. The gently arcing roofline also means more than ample headroom of 37.1 inches for rear-seat passengers. The Jetta also offers 15.7 cubic feet of usable trunk space, which can be increased by folding forward the 60/40-split rear seatback. The rear seatback also includes an available pass-through o help accommodate longer items, like skis.

The instrument cluster gauges are framed in chrome and have a 'tunnel' design. Elsewhere, the Jetta offers several optional features based on trim: interior piano black and chrome accents, and ambient lighting.

Even the entry-level Jetta models come well equipped. The Jetta 1.4T S has standard air conditioning, a multifunction §teering wheel, cruise control, one-touch auto up/down power windows, power locks wîth remote keyless entry, Bluetooth® technology for compatible devices, a rearview camera, and power heatable exterior mirrors.

Premium features that are offered on Jetta's various trims include: a six-way power driver's seat; a leather-wrapped multifunction §teering wheel; dual-zone automatic climate control; a sunroof; a soft-touch dashboard; V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces; heatable front seats and windshield washer nozzles; rear seat wîth armrest and trunk pass through; MIB II infotainment wîth a 6.3-inch touchscreen, ÚSB, and Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect; KESSY Keyless access wîth push-button start; and a rearview camera. The well-equipped GLI is treated to front sport seats, the Fender® Premium Audio System, a navigation system, unique red stitching, Blind Spot Monitor wîth Rear Traffic Alert and Park Distance Control (Park Pilot).

Developed through collaboration between Fender® and Panasonic®, the Fender Premium Audio System cranks 400 watts of power through nine speakers and a trunk-mounted subwoofer to help bring the raw emotion of a live performance to the driving experience.

One of the most technologically advanced features in the 2017 Jetta comes in the form of its MIB II touchscreen infotainment system. The display utilizes a capacitive touch sensor rather than the more common resistive touchscreens that require pressure, enabling gesture controls like swiping and even pinch-zooming.

The entry-level S model features a Composition Color touchscreen radio wîth a 5.0-inch resistive 400 x 240 color display and a host of standard features including AÚX-in, SD card slots, and a ÚSB multimedia interface wîth compatible Apple iPhone® and iPod® integration, reverse camera display, and Bluetooth technology for compatible devices.

The infotainment system also offers one of the most comprehensive suites of connected vehicle services and features available in the automotive today. Features available through the VW Car-Net are divided into three key areas, App-Connect, Security & Service, and Guide & Inform.

App-Connect. The Composition Media unit is available on TSI SE. Incorporating the features from the Composition Color unit, the Composition Media unit adds an 800 x 480 capacitive color touch display wîth proximity sensor wîth a 6.3-inch screen. Other standard features include App-Connect smartphone integration, Bluetooth wîth the ability to send and receive SMS text messages wîth compatible phones and sync two phones simultaneously, two SD card slots, a JPEG viewer, SiriusXM Radio, HD Radio and support for lossless audio file format (Free Lossless Audio Codec FLAC).

Higher trim levels (SEL and GLI) feature the Discover Media unit, which captures the features available in the previous two units and adds 2.5D Navigation, one-shot voice destination entry, predicts possible destinations based on often used routes, and Destination Entry wîth Quick Search and Auto-complete, and Car-Net Guide & Inform.

Security & Service. With the Car-Net Security & Service suite, owners can access their VW remotely through vw.com/carnet as well as a smartphone app, providing access to the features available from virtually anywhere your mobile device is connected to wireless internet.

Available security related features include Automatic Crash Notification, which can automatically notify an operator who can contact first responders in the event of an collision; Manual Emergency Call, a feature that allows for quick access to customer specialists at the touch of a button; Roadside Assistance, for added peace-of-mind in the event of trouble on the road; and Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, which uses VW Car-Net Security & Service to assist law enforcement wîth locating your vehicle in the event that it is stolen.

In addition, Volkswagen Car-Net Security & Service offers layers of convenience, such as remote vehicle access, remote door lock and unlock, remote honk and flash (of lights), last parked location information, and remote status check (doors and windows).

The Car-Net Security & Service also offers Family Guardian, a suite of features that help families. Features including speed alert, which can notify the owner of the vehicle when the preset maximum speed limit is exceeded; and boundary alert, which can alert you if the vehicle has traveled outside of a pre-set virtual boundary.

Diagnostics and maintenance information is also available through VW Car-Net. A Vehicle Health Report allows Volkswagen customers to check to see an overview of vehicle diagnostics. When it's time for scheduled service, Car-Net Security & Service can not only alert the customer, but also provide a simple way to schedule a dealer visit. It can even identify the closest dealer in case you need a recommendation.

Customers purchasing new Volkswagen models equipped wîth Volkswagen Car-Net Security & Service connected vehicle services (not including App-Connect) will receive a no-charge trial for six months after purchase. To extend the benefits of this connectivity system, customers can choose from a number of Volkswagen Car-Net payment options: 1 year, for $199; 2 years for $378; 3 years for $540; or, month-to-month, for $17.99.

Powertrains
Volkswagen pioneered the use of small displacement, highly efficient turbocharged and direct-injection engines in the Ú.S., starting wîth the EA113 engine in 2006 Jetta GLI and GTI models. Since then, Volkswagen's EA888 four-cylinder has helped set the benchmark for small-displacement turbocharged engines.

The 1.4-liter EA211 turbocharged, direct-injection engine in the S and SE models has 150 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, and improves estimated highway fuel economy by more than 15 percent over the 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated engine of the 2015 car. The EPA estimated fuel economy rating is 28 mpg city and 40 mpg highway when equipped wîth the five-speed manual transmission; wîth the available six-speed automatic transmission, ratings are 28 city and 38 mpg highway.

The Jetta 1.8T SEL models feature the third-generation EA888 turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder engine that is made in Silao, Mexico. This 1.8-liter engine produces 170 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and a broad torque plateau of 184 pound-feet from 1,500 to 4,750 rpm. The EPA estimated fuel economy rating is 25 mpg city and 35 mpg highway when equipped wîth the available six-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)

The latest version of the EA888 TSI engine also powers the Jetta GLI model, here in 2.0-liter form. This double-overhead cam, 16-valve, 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine produces 210 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque (achieved wîth premium fuel). The GLI is also efficient, wîth EPA estimated fuel economy of 24 mpg city and 33mpg on the highway when equipped wîth Volkswagen's fast-shifting DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)

Chassis
All 2017 Jetta models are fitted wîth a strut-type front suspension wîth coil springs, telescopic dampers, and an anti-roll bar. They also have a sophisticated multilink independent rear arrangement that features three transverse and one longitudinal link per wheel. This enables the longitudinal and transverse dynamics to be precisely configured almost independently of each other. The result is more agile, responsive and precise handling. All 2017 Jetta models have an anti-roll bar as part of the rear suspension.

The GLI model features a sport suspension that rides 0.6 inches lower than other Jetta models. The GLI also features, as standard, the impressive XDS® Cross Differential System.

Safety
Safety in the 2017 Jetta starts wîth a stiff and rigid body shell constructed using seamless laser welding and high-strength steel in key are where the airbags as.

Driver and front passenger front and side thorax airbags and Side Curtain Protection® airbags front and rear are standard on all Jetta models. There is also a standard suite of advanced electronic safety features, such as Anti-lock Braking (ABS), Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA).

Volkswagen's Automatic Post-Collision Braking System builds on the premise that a collision is rarely a single, instantaneous action, but rather a series of events that follow the initial impact—the most significant of which can cause additional collisions. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System addresses this by applying the brakes when a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors, thus helping to reduce residual kinetic energy and, in turn, the chance of additional damage.

The Jetta also includes Volkswagen's Intelligent Crash Response System that shuts off the fuel pump, unlocks the doors, and switches on the hazard lights if the car is involved in certain types of collisions where airbags deploy.

Driver Assistance Systems

The TSI SEL model comes standard wîth Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist). Blind Spot Monitor wîth Rear Traffic Alert comes standard wîth the SE trim and up.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) uses forward facing radar to maintain a set speed while also helping maintain a set distance to the vehicle in front. The driver sets the speed and the desired spacing via buttons on the multifunction §teering wheel and can use the accelerator, brake pedal, or §teering wheel to cancel or override the ACC function. All system messages appear in the central multifunction display. When the roadway ahead of the vehicle is clear, the system maintains the set speed. On all Jetta models, the ACC ceases to operate below 19 mph.

Within physical system limits, Forward Collision Warning helps warn the driver of critical front-end collision situations, both acoustically and visually by a warning symbol in the instrument cluster, and, if necessary, Autonomous Emergency Braking is activated to slow the vehicle if the driver fails to brake. If the brake pedal is applied but the driver brakes too lightly, the brake pressure is increased by the system.

Blind Spot Monitor uses two radar sensors at the rear of the vehicle to scan the approaching traffic and help warn drivers of potential danger in adjacent lanes. If the driver uses the turn signal to indicate a lane change while a vehicle is detected in a blind spot, the system utilizes a flashing LED symbol in the outer area of the side mirrors.

The system is designed to help alert drivers in specific situations; stationary objects or oncoming vehicles do not trigger warnings, nor will vehicles more than one lane away from the vehicle.

The Rear Traffic Alert system not only helps alert the driver to stationary and moving vehicles directly behind, but also helps detect vehicles approaching from the side that may be difficult for the driver to see while reversing. It offers a sizable range of about 65 to 80 feet, depending on model, and will present a visual and an acoustic warning, before applying the brakes if a potential impending collision is detected. The system is activated either by selecting reverse gear or by the optional Park Distance Control (Park Pilot) when starting off.

Limited Warranty
The 2017 Jetta models are offered wîth Volkswagen's standard five-year/60,000-mile (whichever occurs first) powertrain warranty and three-year/36,000-mile (whichever occurs first) new vehicle limited warranty.

Model Line-up


The 2017 Jetta is offered in four trim levels—S, SE, SEL and GLI.

1.4T S
$17,895 MSRP (plus $820 destination) wîth manual transmission
$17,895 MSRP (plus $820 destination) wîth automatic transmission

1.4T SE
$20,895 MSRP (plus $820 destination) wîth manual transmission
$21,995 MSRP (plus $820 destination) wîth automatic transmission

1.8T SEL
$24,995 MSRP (plus $820 destination) wîth automatic transmission

Source - Volkswagen
The Jetta was a marketing strategy by Volkswagen in 1980 as the obvious general interest was veering towards sedans rather than the hatchback shape vehicle. Appearing in the North American market in 1980, the first generation Jetta was available in both two-door coupe and four-door sedan. Reaching the elite status of becoming the best-selling European vehicle in the United States, the Jetta is also more poplar than the Golf in South Africa. The Volkswagen Fox was the South African version of this model, that continued in production until 1995. In Mexico, the A1 Jetta was known as the Volkswagen Atlantic.

The Jetta shares its mechanicals with other Volkswagen A platform vehicles. Though a station wagon idea was drawn up by Mark Stehrenberger, Californian freelance magazine artic, the production never reached fruition. Giorgetto Giugiaro was the designer behind the style of the car and penned at ItalDesign.

A standard 1.6 L four-cylinder engine that was capable of producing 78 hp (57 kW) was powering both the base and GL trims in 1980. The following year, the engine was upgraded to a 1.7 L engine that produced 74 hp (54 kW). Other additional engine choices was a 1.6 L diesel engine that produced 50 hp (37 kW). The final year of the A1, 1984, a GLI high-performance version was made availble that was powered by a 1.8 L engine and a close-ratio transmission from he Rabbit/Golf GTI. This GLI made 90 hp (67 kW) and had an incredibly 105 •lb of (142 N•m) torque.

The longest running Jetta at this point, the A2 series was introduced in Europe in 1984, and the following year in North America. A sales success for Volkswagen, this second series outnumbered the Golf sales two-to-one, and earned the title of best-selling European vehicle in North America.

The A2 was also featured as either a two-door coupe or a four-door sedan. Coupes were limited to base, diesel and Woflsburg trim levels. Following 1991, the coupe model was dropped from the North American VW lineup. Very few external updates or changes were made throughout the run of the A2 series. These included the front-quarter windows being deleted in 88, larger body-colored bumpers being added, along with the addition of lower side skirts from 90 to 92. There was also various grille and side-cladding changes made.

From 1985 to 86, A2 Jetta coupeBase and GL Jettas were powered by a 1.8 L gasoline I4 that was rated at 85 hp. This was later bumped up to 100 hp, and finally 1.5 hp. A variety of three diesel engines were made available in the A2 Jetta, a 1.6 L naturally-aspirated diesel with 52 hp, a 1.6 L 68 hp turbodiesel, and a 1.6 L ECOdiesel that made 59 hp and was featured for two years; 91 and 92.

The GLI model, which was a much sportier model was originally powered by the standard 1.8 L gasoline engne with 100 hp. The first DOHC engine was introduced in 1987 by Volkswagen. A serious performance contender, a 2.0 L DOHC 16-valve engine that was rated at 134 hp was added to the GLI in 1990. A CIS Motronic engine management system was equipped on the 2.0 L 16-valve engine.

The A2 Jetta eventually dropped into the small executive saloon car class in the UK. These were among the Vauxhall Belmont, Daihatsu Charmant, Audi 80/90, Ford Orion and Rover 213/216.

By Volkswagen's second joint venture partner First Auto Works, the A2 went on to become one of the first Volkswagen models produced in China from 91 to 97. Only two facelifts were ever done since its introduction in China, the first occuring in 1997. Known as the FAW-Volkswagen Jetta Kind, production began in 1998 and involved borrowing spare grilles that were left from the Volkswagen Passat B4. 2004 brought about another facelift that was quite similar to the first one.

A newly refined evolution of the previous generation Jetta, the Vento was the new A3 version that was introced in 1991 in Europe. Following a production delay at the Volkswagen plant in Puebla, Mexico, the Jetta debuted in 1993. The plant in Mexico had been chosen to supply American and Canadian dealerships. The A3 was designed in-house under Herbert Schafer, and was unfortunately criticized as the 'Poor Man's BMW' and insulted due to its ‘boxy' design. Offered as only a four-door sedan, consequently, more trim levels than any other Jetta line were made available. A new grille, body-colored rub strips and different wheel covers were featured on this new series.

The GLS was the luxury trim that featured power locks and windows, optional subroof and leather seats. The GL was the base trim of the A3. A special series was the Trek, and it featured a bike rack, a Trek bike, spoiler, alloy wheels, rocker panel covers, and in 97, other various accessories and options for the top-of the line GLX. A similar package was the K2 was featured a K2 snowboard or a pair of K2 skis rather than a bike.

Two models were also featured in the Canadian market that never made it to the US, and those were the Golf/Jetta CL, decontented GL models that featured 90 horsepower and 1.8L Mono Motronic engine.The CL was dropped following the 97 model year. The second model offered in Canada was a Jetta GL Turbo Diesel that was introduced in 93 and only lasted for 3 years. Rated at 74 horsepower, the 1.9L AAZ Code diesel had a range over 900km. This was a bored and stroked version of the 1.6L Turbo Diesel that the A2 Jetta featured. As the engine had not aged well and many owners experienced signifiant crankshaft failuares, the Jetta GL Diesel had drooping sales.

Introduced as the Bora in Latin America and Europe, the fourth generation of the Volkswagen Jetta was introduced in late 1998 following the Passat. The A4 shared many similar styling cues of the Passat, the rounded shape and arched roofline now served as the Volkswagen styling trademark, rather than the traditional sharp creases for curved corners.

Four different trim levels were available in this fourth generation Jetta. These included GL, GLS, GLX, and GLI, as well as the option of a wagon. The station wagon variant was marketed as a Golf in various European markets and came with a Golf grille, headlights, bumper and fenders.

The base model GL was powered by an enhanced 2.0 L 8-valve four cylinder engine that was based on models of previous years. A 1.9 L TDI diesel engine was offered as optional, and following 2001 on, a turbcharged 1.8 L engine (Wolfsburg Edition) was featured.

Many of the original production issues with the original design were completely eliminated by 2002. On the secondhand market, A4 Jettas are generally consiered more desirable. The re-release of the Wolfsburg edition that featured the updated turbocharged 1.8 L engine, now available with 180 hp was showcased in 2003. This same year was the last for the 1.9L ‘ALH' TDI turbodiesel engine design. High resale prices for cars with this engine have been the result of its reputation for both reliability and versatility. Unfortunately, the earlier models had reputations for many recalls and bugs, due to elecric or lighting malfunctions.

Considered to be quite an improvement, the GLS came with optional leather seats along with a sport package that included 17' alloy wheels and a stiffer suspension. All engine choices were featured until 2003 before the VR was eliminated. The luxury model for the A4 was the GLX, and this featured leather seats, wood grain trim, automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and much ore. The VR6 engine was transferred to a drive-by-wire 24-valve design that was rated at 200 hp in 2003. It was now available in the GLX and the new GLI model which was re-introduced in 2003. The GLI featured sport suspension, 200 hp VR6, and six-speed manual transmission. The GLX model was dropped in 2004.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the USA Jetta in 2004, a limited edition of the Jatta GLI was featured for a limited time. This elite model had an available 180 hp, 1.8 L inline-4, linked to a 6-speed manual transmisison. Available in Black Magin Pearl, Tornado Red, Blue Lagoon and Platinum gray, the interior of the Anniversary GLI was black with aluminum trim that included black upholstered Recaro bcket seats with red 'GLI' lettering embroidery. This special edition was capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in an amazing 6.7 seconds, and had a top speed of 146 mph. The Jetta GLI with V6 and options was still widely available.

An all new ‘PD' version of the 1.9L TDI diesel engine was made available in 2005. This unit produced 74 kW (100 hp DIN) and featured 177 ft•lbf (250 N•m) of torque. All Jettas equipped with 1.8T engines, regardless of trim level, now produced 180 hp at the beginning of the 2002 model year. A jump from the previous 150 hp, the 1.8T featured a slightly larger turbocharger.

The A4 Jetta continues to be sold as a 2006 model in some countries such as Mexico, due to high pricing of the A5 for the Mexican market. Sold in various countries, a high performance variant of the A4 Bora came with 4-Motion all wheel drive and a VR6 engine. Both 2.4 L VR 5 and 1.6 L I4 engines were also featured in Europe. The A4 Bora continues to be sold in China, much like its predecessor A2 Jetta.

Volkswagen re-released the A4 Jetta in Canada in 2007 as the City Jetta. This new edition was offered at a base price of $16,700 cdn. The A5 had moved upscale, versus much of the competition, and this re-release allowed Volkswagen to become more competitive with the rest of the compact class. While no diesel or 1.8 Turbo was being offered, the 2.0 L SOHC 115hp was the featured engine. Rather than being manufactured in Germany like the standard Jetta, the City Jetta is built in Pueblo, Mexico. There is also no Jetta Wagon, and the new city Jetta features more limited trim options that the standard A4 series.

In January of 2005, the fifth generation Jetta was released at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Larger than the fourth generation, and with m ore upscale styling and greater interior room, A5 is now equal to the former generation Passat. The introduction of the first independent rear suspension in a Jetta was the largest update in this series. The base engine is a 2.5L I5 that produces 110 kW and has an available 168 ft•lbf (228 N•m) of torque.

Overlapping the final model year of the A4 Jetta, the A5 went on sale in March 2005 as a 2005 ½ model in North America. In the late summer of 2005, a 2006 GLI version was released. This new model was designed by Walter de'Silva. Unfortunately sales were quite disappointing in the US due to the rapidly rising fuel prices that resulted in the heavy demand for vehicles equipped with the TDI diesel version. Many critics believed that the A5 was too high-priced for the highly competitive compact vehicle market , though they embraced the overall vehicle. The new GLI was named an Everday Hero by Car and Driver for 2006 ‘for an enthusiast who wants sports car handling without losing too much practicality'. For the 2007 model year, a station wagon of the A5 Jetta is promised.

In Mexico, the A4 continues to be sold as the Jetta, while the Bora is the A5. The A2 is sold as the Jetta in china, and the A5 is marketed as the Sagitar together with the A4 Bora. Launched in Latin America in 06, it is named the Vento. In February of 06, the Jetta was launched in Australia and production was made at the Mexico plant.

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