The appearance of its fully galvanized body shows this most emphatically. Never before was a Jetta this large, this sporty, this independent. Just how independent? One sign is that the Jetta no longer shares body components with the technically related world’s bestseller, the Golf. Instead, the new Jetta impresses as an independent vehicle like the Passat CC or Tiguan. And it is just as safe; the previous model was already named "Top Safety Pick" in crash testing by the US organization IIHS. Along with optimal occupant crash safety, the car has further advanced pedestrian safety features. With the Jetta, Volkswagen has once again introduced entirely new standards of quality to a vehicle segment.
Exterior styling and dimensions
The new model is 182.7 inches (4.63 meters) long, 57.1 inches (1.45 meters) tall and 70.1 inches (1.78 meters) wide (length of the European version: 4.64 meters). This makes the Volkswagen 3.15 inches (8 cm) longer than the previous model. The interplay of exterior dimensions produces a powerful ratio of proportions. In parallel, the new Volkswagen "design DNA" sharpens its style. This has resulted in clear precise lines and athletically muscular surfaces that give the saloon an image of timeless elegance and dynamic styling. The result: the Jetta’s appearance makes such a dominant styling statement that the Volkswagen practically positions itself in a higher vehicle class.
Here it is the coupe-like incline of the windshield and the consistent use of horizontal lines that define the design. The high-gloss black radiator grille forms a stylistic unit together with the trapezoidal headlights. The dual reflector headlights are sectioned by a so-called masking blade into a larger area with the low and main beam lights and a narrow lower section with daytime running lights and indicator lights. The chrome masking blades guide the horizontal lines of the front end right into the headlights. The result: the Jetta has a wider and more dynamic visual stance. In the area of the low-beam light, new H7 Longlife halogen discharge lamps are used which have a significantly longer service life. The parking and daytime running lights - generally subjected to more severe loads – are also designed with Longlife or Super-Longlife technology. Optimal tuning of the mounting height and size of the low-beam reflector produces very good and broad illumination of the roadway with an emphasis on the driver’s side.
Just beneath the grille and headlight unit is the cleanly sculpted surface of the fully painted bumper. One section lower, another cooling air intake and a tray-shaped front spoiler (in the style of ‘splitters’ used in car racing) give the car a sporty finish. The upper section of the front end displays a powerful transition from the v-shaped engine bonnet to the wings on the sides; the shoulder section here reflects dynamic and muscular styling.
In the saloon’s side profile, design characteristics that mark all new Volkswagens meld into yet another interpretation of the "design DNA" conceptualized by the Italian Head of Design for the Volkswagen Group (Walter de Silva) and the German Head of Design for the Volkswagen Brand (Klaus Bischoff). The best examples of this: the characteristic shoulder or ‘tornado’ line and the powerfully emphasized arches of the wheel wells. Formally, they intersect the main volumes of the large harmonized surfaces, conveying a strong dynamic image.
Thanks to wide track dimensions (1,535 mm in front, 1,532 mm in rear), the wheel arches also form a precise transition – as though carved by a knife - to accommodate wheels up to 18 inches in size. Meanwhile, the stylings of the door mirrors with their integrated indicator lights emulate those of the larger Passat CC. Another typical design characteristic is the line work in the area of the C-pillars. Here, the trailing edge of the door follows a straight line from the side sill diagonally back into the triangle window; stylistically, this lengthens the door and gives the overall vehicle an even larger, more extended and elegant appearance.
Harmonized surfaces and sporty shoulders also dominate the look at the rear of the Jetta. The very wide and coupe-like rear window offers excellent visibility behind the saloon and simultaneously emphasizes its dynamic lines. Its interplay with the C-pillars, as striking as they are elegant, and the clearly sculpted shoulder section, produces a design that is extremely dominant, generating a strong presence.
Powerfully illuminating and visually prominent: the rear lights. They are split into two sections, extending from the wing into the boot lid and displaying an unmistakable look both day and night. The boot lid itself has an aerodynamically optimized trailing edge that minimizes air turbulence and increases the car’s downforce to the road. The vertical surface of the boot lid with its integrated VW logo and segmented rear lights shows a slight flare – a styling tool that further emphasizes the saloon’s sportiness. To access the 510 liter boot, the boot lid can be opened by remote control unlock. Perfection in details: Special patented reflector geometry illuminates the entire lower license plate and boot area together.
The new Jetta is equipped with six airbags as standard equipment (driver and front passenger airbags, side airbags in front and side curtain airbags in front and rear). Customers can add optional rear side airbags to this package. To ensure that the airbags deploy to their proper positions faster than ever, the new Jetta has a special sensor system for detecting crash intensity and igniting the airbags. The electronics, located centrally in the passenger compartment, evaluates low-frequency "palpable" deceleration signals. In addition, specially tuned accelerometers measure frequency components in the mid or "audible" range. These signal components are generated as car body waves when load-bearing structures in the front of the car deform very quickly. They propagate throughout the vehicle structure at a high speed and make precise information on the severity of the crash available very quickly.
By intelligently interrelating the "palpable" and "audible" signal components, the airbag sensor system obtains a faster and simultaneously more reliable characterization of the crash. This makes it possible to adapt the deployment performance of the airbags and belt tensioners to the crash situation in order to provide optimal protection for passengers. In Germany, the Volkswagen sensor system has been awarded the Bavarian Innovation Prize.
High-strength, form-hardened steels are also used in the new Jetta. These special steels help to create an extremely safe vehicle structure while avoiding spiraling weight gains. The impact energy is routed through defined load paths according to the crash type, to absorb a share of the energy that would otherwise impact on the car’s occupants.
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