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The next-generation Volkswagen Jetta has been spied completely undisguised at the company’s factory in Puebla, Mexico.

These photos were first posted on by Autologia, although the Mexican website has since removed the article. If, as its seems, this is the new Jetta, the next-generation will have a sportier profile than today’s sedan.

At the front, there’s a headlight and grille combo inspired by the Arteon liftback. The rear, meanwhile, features tail-lights similar in shape to those used on the pre-facelift Hyundai Sonata.

The next-generation Jetta looks as though it is significantly longer than today’s car, with an upsized wheelbase to boot.

Under the skin, the new Jetta is said to make the leap onto the MQB component set used by all new Volkswagen vehicles. This should mean the new model weighs less and has improved dynamics compared to the current sedan, which is based on the sixth-generation Golf.

Reports indicate the next-generation Jetta will be powered by turbocharged 1.5- and 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines, with the latter probably reserved for the warm GLI model.

Given the Jetta is pitched in North America as a Corolla-fighter, rather than a semi-premium product, it will likely feature a technology list that’s up-to-date, but without going beyond what’s offered in the Golf.


The new Jetta will reportedly enter production at the end of the year, and could be unveiled at the Los Angeles motor show in November.

It’s not known when or if the next-generation Volkswagen Jetta will land in Australia. Some reports indicate the new car may not be built in right-hand drive.

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