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CLIFF LEPPKE'S CYBER SEAT

2019 Volkswagen Jetta Revealed:  Stamped to Succeed? 

Detroit’s Garden Theater Jan. 14:  It’s longer, wider, taller but overhangs are shorter. The interior dons a driver-canted soft dashboard and there’s a dash slot for your smart phone near a USB port.  A five-liter center-storage console ingests an iPad. The fastback styling doesn’t reduce rear headroom.  Upper trims sport Audi-like LED door-panel and dashboard strips.  The front door cards are soft on top, adjacent to the armrest and the plastic moldings are clean.  In sum, it’s more upscale than the previous model.  Yet the base price is $18,545 plus delivery.  VW’s brass says that’s a price cut for a cut-above car.

Good Times Ahead?  VW's  American Chief Hinrich Woebcken Left/ VWAG Chief Herbert Diess Left 

VW designer Klaus Bischoff notes the Jetta’s bolder face with strake-like hood costs more pfennigs; it takes at least five stampings to get the hood’s shape and assure proper alignment.  Bean counters winced.  Nonetheless, they let him create a masculine steel-encased Jetta.  Another expensive touch: the deep undercut that extends from the front fenders through the right rear fuel door.  That’s mainstream-car daring.  Each presented vehicle was groovy--exquisitely tight panel fit from bow to stern.

The 2019 Jetta has a revised 147-hp (down three) 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, six-speed manual or eight speed automatic, full LED lighting, alloy wheels and optional driver assistance technology.  Automatics get an economy-minded engine start/stop system.  VW’s security blanket, The People First Warranty (six-years/72,000-miles bumper-to-bumper, is standard.

As usual, there’s a big trunk, but instead of an independent rear suspension there’s Golf diesel-like beam axle.  Yes, VW’s Herbert Diess mentioned diesels but only apologetically. The two Jettas displayed have a least one USB port and 12VDC socket in front, but none in the back.  Missing:  rear face vents.  Each had electronic parking brakes and a non-adjustable front center armrest shaped to allow tall beverages in the hexagonal front drink holders.  Dash vents are lower but the infotainment screen is higher.  Heated and chilled front seats (optional) are VW sporty and the rear split-fold bench is supportive.  Rear legroom:  expansive (wheelbase grows more than an inch).  Those eyeing the Jetta’s rear get a lightshow—the signal lights do nifty things.  Bischoff claims an alluring rump is a necessity!

VW says it’s fun to drive.  Optional perks include a Beats sound system and personalized driver settings for seat, temp, navigation and more.  The R-Line version has an electronic differential feature that quickens handling response.  The potent Jetta GLI sports sedan.arrives next year.  Expect the 2019 Jetta to arrive at dealers during April 2018.

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