2014 NYIAS Unveiled: 2015 Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen debuted the 2015 Jetta at the New York International Auto Show today and have enhanced what made the car great in previous years. The tweaks they made to the current model were done in an effort to keep in competition with the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze and 2015 Ford Focus, two vehicles that are also debuting at this landmark event.

With the addition of a new bumper and air intakes, the amount of drag has been reduced. Other Jetta models have front and rear spoilers tucked behind the grille that act as a radiator shutter, improving aerodynamics in the process. On the surface, these features might not seem significant, but the difference can be felt when you get behind the wheel. Revolutionary design elements are par for the course when it comes to new Volkswagen cars.

One of the most interesting things about the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta is the three different
engine options: a 2.0-liter turbo, 1.8-liter turbo, and 2.0-liter naturally aspirated motor. Drivers who are conscious of fuel consumption will go for the TDI diesel engine. It’s likely that these new engine options will appear in all of the other models in the Volkswagen family.

The 2015 Volkswagen Jetta, provides better gas mileage than the previous model. Both the 2014 and 2015 models offer 236 pound-foot of torque, but that’s where the similarities end. The 2015 Volkswagen Jetta has 150 horsepower (up from 140 horsepower the previous year) and 32 mpg in the city/45 mpg on the highway (up from 30 mpg in the city/42 on the highway the previous year). These numbers combine to produce an overall estimated fuel economy of 37 mpg.

The 2015 Volkswagen Jetta is not short of high tech options either. Between the bi-xenon headlights, a frontal collision warning system, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind spot detection, this vehicle will be one of the safest on the road. The new multi-function wheel puts all sorts of controls in the hands of the driver, including redesigned vent controls and ambient lighting in the lightlt revised interior. These new features add to Volkswagen’s storied reputation for producing well-engineered, safe vehicles.

Pricing on the new Jetta models hasn’t been released. It looks like it will be released sometime in the third quarter of 2014. Looking at the other models in their catalog, it stands to reason that the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta will be affordable.

The Driving Life provides an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at all manufacturer debuts at the 2014 NYIAS. Stay tuned as we bring you everything from the Jacob K. Javits Center.