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31 October 2013

Volkswagen Jetta gets a facelift

Jetta is back with minor cosmetic surgery as it fiercely competes with its Skoda cousin.

Shruti Nagbhushan
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There wasn’t much noise about the new VW Jetta facelift launch in India. But the soon-to-be-3-year-old has made a silent re-entry; flaunting some minor design changes.

Decision to launch the Jetta facelift was probably made when the new Skoda Octavia sales started affecting the VW cousin’s sales figures, after holding the fort for around 2 years in India.

According Arvind Saxena, M.D of Volkswagen sales in India, the new Jetta and their line-up of other new versions of cars are expected to attract more buyers, with the festive season underway. "We are sure that the new Jetta, with its range of petrol and diesel engine options and optional 6-speed DSG automatic transmission, will offer a delightful driving experience for premium-segment car buyers in the Indian market,” he adds.

The Jetta gets a new set of Xenon headlights, similar to the Passat; adorned by Daytime running LED clusters, as it tries to belong to the premium luxury car segment of the VW family. New 16-inch ‘Sedona’ alloy wheels on the Trendline and Comfortline trims, 12-way electronically adjustable  driver’s seat, Bluetooth compatible music system and a digital instrument panel are some other cosmetic changes evident in the Jetta.

Apart from that, VW has worked with additional features like – automatic climate control (across all variants) and dual zone headlight washer.  However, there are no engine changes in the German luxury sedan. The same 2.0-litre TDI that pumps 140bhp and the 1.4-litre TSI that makes 121bhp are housed under the hood. Both engines come with a six-speed manual transmission, but the diesel motor gets the option of a six-speed DSG automatic gearbox with paddle shifters.

VW has always boasted of high mileage as their USP, and the new Jetta lives up to that legacy. The 2.0-litre TDI manual comes gives 19.33kpl, while the auto variant goes up to 16.96kpl (ARAI-certified).

Starting at Rs 13.7 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the Jetta diesel top-end variant can go up to Rs 19.43 lakh, which is around the same as the price range of the new Octavia. Whether this new Jetta package is lucrative enough to steer people away from the new Octy, only time will tell... Do you agree, topgear.commers?

Tags: volkswagen, octavia, jetta



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