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by Tim Beissmann

The all-new 2011 Volkswagen Jetta has made its local debut at the 2011 Australian International Motor Show in Melbourne.

The new Jetta will go on sale in Australia in the coming months, with vehicles to land in showrooms before October.

Aiming to shake the ‘Golf with a boot’ image, the new Jetta is now 190mm longer than the previous model. The stretch now makes it less than 30mm shorter than the mid-sized Passat sedan.

Volkswagen Australia is yet to confirm drivetrain details for the new model. In the UK, the new Volkswagen Jetta is available with four engines: two petrols and two diesels.

The 1.4 TSI comes in two tunes, one with 90kW/200Nm and the other with 118kW/240Nm.

The first diesel engine, the 1.6 TDI BlueMotion produces 77kW and 250Nm of torque, while the 2.0 TDI makes 103kW and 320Nm.

Volkswagen Australia’s outgoing Jetta range features all of these engines except the lower performance petrol (the 1.6 TDI is offered but not in BlueMotion form). Volkswagen Australia has not yet revealed whether the range-topping models will continue to be powered by more powerful 2.0-litre engines.

The usual combination of manual and dual-clutch DSG transmissions will be offered.

Volkswagen Australia hasn’t revealed equipment and specification levels, although we expect them to be comparable to the Golf MkVI.

Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming 2011 Volkswagen Jetta.




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