The new generation Jetta is expected to be built on the MQB platform, rather than the previous PQ35 platform. The new underpinning of the model is expected to produce a lighter and stiffer version than the predecessor. This similar platform has already been used for the production of VW Group models like Passat, Tiguan and Golf.
The new Jetta will be based on the MQB platform. Recent spy images have indicated that the new model sports a completely redesigned exterior. The front-end styling has been clearly inspired by the VW Artreon sedan and boasts a large hexagonal grille finished in gloss black with twin-pod headlights on either side. The rear features neat wraparound LED tail lights, a new bumper and dual exhaust tips.
Since the 2011 launch until August 2017, the model has sold a total of 14,917 units according to data from SIAM. However, the Jetta has only sold 398 units in the August 2016 to August 2017 period. In comparison, the Skoda Octavia sold 2,735 units, the Toyota Corolla Altis sold 4,410 units and the Hyundai Elantra sold 3,016 units during the same one-year period.
We had previously reported that the new seventh-gen Jetta is not expected to be produced for right-hand-drive markets like South Africa, India and the UK, which means that an India entry is unlikely.