VW Updates Jetta in Time for NY Auto Show

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2015 MY receives visual upgrades and interior refresh.

To coincide with the US launch of the Golf Mk VII, VW has given the Jetta sedan a light refresh, which it plans to reveal at the New York Motor Show this week. A nip-and-tuck at the front and rear improve both the Jetta's visuals and aerodynamics, subtle tweaks have been made to the interior, and there's a suite of new safety technologies. Up front, there's a mildly upgraded front grille with active shutters, revised air intakes, resculpted fog lights, optional bi-xenon headlights, new LED DRLs and a new bumper.

Fresh lines at the rear help give the Jetta a more slippery shape, while VW has also subtly reshaped the bumper, added new taillights and a ducktail spoiler. Inside, top-end Jettas receive ambient lighting, chrome-ringed gauges, and piano black accents, while there's a new instrument display and steering wheel design. New trim and seat fabric options will also be available. Perhaps the biggest news for 2015 is the addition of blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, frontal collision warning, and park-distance control. The Jetta's current range of engines – the naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter, 1.8-liter turbo, 2.0-liter turbo-four and the Hybrid's 1.4-liter turbo – all carry over unchanged.

The 2.0-liter turbodiesel is the exception, with output increased by 10 hp to 150 hp, and efficiency upped from 42 to 45 mpg on the highway. After bowing at the New York Auto Show, the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta will hit showrooms in the fall.

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