No Diesel Or Non-Turbocharged Engines for the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta


Volkswagen make some of the most popular cars in the world, think of the Golf as an example!

The Jetta has been well received over the years, always selling in good numbers and has a reputation for reliability, comfort and great economy.

Volkswagen are hoping to improve upon the current model with the upgraded 2018 Jetta, although in all honesty, there isn’t that much improvement needed.

What’s New In The VW Jetta 2018?


1. New Jetta Redesign?
2. When to Expect 2018 Jetta Release date?
3. Cheap as Chips
4. Powertrain

Inside the cabin, Volkswagen have added a little more quality (although it was already one of the best interiors) and updated the technology and systems fitted. Expect to see high grade leather and soft touch plastics with increased sound insulation for the luxury feel.

Not much will change with the new Volkswagen Jetta 2018; the car is still one of the class leaders in its current form, so Volkswagen don’t need to invest heavily in changes, but there will be a few design tweaks.

The Jetta will be built upon the modular MQB platform, with an increased use in high strength steel and aluminum, this will have the effect of stiffening the car and lowering the weight, helping to increase fuel economy. It should also mean a lower center of gravity – aka, better handling.

The exterior styling will also get a minor restyle, mainly centred on the bumpers and headlamps; the front bumper will have minor modifications, while the rear will be completely restyled. Also new for the 2018 Jetta will be automatic bi-xenon LED headlamps and a revised grille.

The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is the top version of the Jetta, aimed for performance and speed – the same as the GTI for the Golf. It means that 2018 Jetta GLI will receive a 2-liter turbocharged engine producing 210 HP, sport tuned suspension, ambient lighting and lots of additional badges.

When’s 2018 Volkswagen Jetta Arriving?

Still no definitive word as to when we can expect the new Jetta, or even the exact specification come to that, but the industry seems to think that either the second or third quarter are looking favorite for a full national roll-out.

Considering we are pretty close to a release, Volkswagen are remaining remarkably tight-lipped about what (or when) (or even how much) we are going to get – most of the content is educated speculation, a little guess-work and some fact.

2018 VW Jetta is likely to look and cost nearly the same, both for USA and Canada.

No exact data about release date; presumably late 2017 or early 2018
Starting from around $19,000 up to $30,000 for higher trims
Front-wheel drive only
Modernized engines with force induction, 4 cylinders 1.4 and 2.0
125 MPH of top speed
Fuel efficiency increase up to 29 MPG in city and 41 MPG in highway

Cheap as Chips

The Jetta is in a competitive market so Volkswagen won’t be adding much on to the start price of the current model, we think 2018 Volkswagen Jetta will still be a sub $20,000 vehicle, maybe even as low as $18,500 for the base model, but of course there will be various trim levels and options or toys to add – all will add up to hard dollars, like top-trim 2018 Jetta GLI expected closer to $30,000.

As we have already stated, nothing tells us exactly what we’ll get for our money, we don’t know what will be considered standard trim across the range, but we do know that we aren’t talking basic base models – it’s not like we’ll be getting manual windows or locking!

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Nothing official is known regarding the choice of motors, but there is a good chance that VW will stick with the current line up; all gas, with capacities ranging from 1.4 liter with 150 BHP (thanks to forced induction) through to 2.0 liter with 210 BHP, again using turbo charging to boost the output. We think the mid-level trim (and next Jetta Sport) will use a 1.8 liter turbo mill, this should be good for 170 BHP. Volkswagen will not be introducing a diesel to the U.S. market, so no more Jetta TDI models for 2018, partly because most Americans don’t like diesel and partly due to them still smarting a little over the diesel emissions scandal from a couple of years back; Volkswagen have stated that they will be concentrating their efforts on plug-in hybrids instead of diesel power. What this means for the Volkswagen global brand is anyone’s guess – the European’s still love diesel, so we’d guess that it’s more than likely to be a U.S. decision.
Power will be sent to the road via a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed DSG auto transmission.

On the whole, the new Jetta range will be lighter and better equipped than the predecessors, Volkswagen have also stated the styling for the new model has been influenced by the mid-size Coupe concept shown at the Beijing Auto Show all the way back in 2014. We aren’t sure about that, but it looks pretty good nonetheless.

Do you like the look of the new Volkswagen Jetta? What do you think about Volkswagen’s decision to concentrate on hybrid and gasoline rather diesel? Is it the right one?

Better yet… did you get caught up by the Volkswagen emission ‘scandal’? Tell us your views on that!
  • kilby1

    Hopefully the GLI has 258 torque, same as the GTI…..Puzzling as to why they left if so low

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The new Jetta won't get a total redesign, but designers will add some new notes to both exterior and interior design.

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