As expected, due to yesterday's leaked photos, Volkswagen unveiled today the all new 2011 Jetta. At a starting price point of around $16,000, the new Jetta was revealed in Times Square, New York showing clean design lines as well as refined side architecture and premium style combined with Vw's trademark precision German engineering.
Under the hood, the new Jetta will be offered with a choice of four engines in the U.S. and Canada and this includes: a 2.0-liter turbodiesel direct injection (TDI) Clean Diesel delivering 236 lbs-ft. of torque (320 Newton-meters) and pushing the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 8.7 seconds; additional engines include the 2.0, 2.5 R5, and as of 2011, the 2.0 TSI.
The 2.0-liter TDI and 2.0-liter TSI engines will be offered with the 6-speed DSG gearbox known as world's most advanced and efficient automatic transmission.Regarding the design, the new car offers the same design philosophy introduced by the 2011 Phaeton and the new Touareg. Many of you know this design from the NCC Concept car introduced back in January at the Detroit Auto Show.
At 182.7-inches long, 57.1 inches tall and 70.1 inches wide, it is more than 3.5 inches longer than its predecessors.
Inside, we find plenty of legroom (38.1 inches, a 2.6-inch gain from the previous model) as well as a new steering wheel designed to impress both visually and to the touch. The rear bench seatback is split 40/60 and folds, increasing the car's versatility.Regarding the safety, the new car has been further enhanced with even more protections and crash safety improvements.
In-cabin safety is exceptional on the MY2011 Volkswagen Jetta. In fact, the Jetta is packed, as standard, with six airbags – driver and front passenger airbags; side airbags in front; and side curtain airbags in the front and rear. Rear side airbags could also be availed as an option.
All these airbags are fast-deploying, thanks to a special sensor system that detects crashes and their intensity. Once the system detects a forceful impact, it will accordingly ignite the airbags. The system’s electronics gauges low-frequency "palpable" deceleration signals while its accelerometers evaluate frequency components in the mid or "audible" range.
When the car crashes, its load-bearing structures on the front should deform very quickly, thereby creating body waves. In turn, these waves generate signal components, which spread throughout the vehicle structure at a high speed, providing precise information on the severity of the crash as quickly as possible.
The Jetta’s airbag sensor system then inter-relates those "palpable" and "audible" signal components, allowing it to obtain a more reliable account of the crash at blazing speed. This entire detection-deployment process has allowed VW to adapt the deployment operation of the airbags and belt tensioners to the crash situation and deliver the necessary protection for passengers.
Aside from the award-winning airbag system, Jetta also features the use of high-strength, form-hardened steels, which help create a particularly safe structure without making the vehicle much heavier. During crashes, the impact energy is channeled through defined load paths to absorb a portion of the energy and lessen the impact on the Jetta’s occupants.