At the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit, VW unveiled the seventh generation of its compact Jetta sedan. Then at the Chicago Auto Show, VW pulled the cover off its first-ever midsize Arteon, a coupe-like four-door.
2019 Volkwagen Jetta
With its new styling, redone interior and overall larger shadow, it’s obvious the Volkswagen Jetta is new. But the most important aspect of its rebirth is what an observer can’t see: its platform.
Jetta, VW’s best-selling model in the U.S., is finally blessed with VW’s MQB platform. The Jetta will offer only one engine — its familiar 1.4-litre turbo engine that generates 147 hp and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. The power can be managed by a six-speed manual transmission (only on the base S model) or an eight-speed automatic, which is optional on S, and standard on higher5 trim levels.
2019 Volkswagen Arteon
The all-new 2019 Volkswagen Arteon is the successor to the VW CC. Every U.S.-market Arteon will be powered by a 2.0-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder, making 268 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque which is sent to the road through a standard eight-speed automatic.
In addition to front wheel drive, VW’s 4Motion all-wheel drive, will be available in each of Arteon’s trims: SE, SEL and SEL Premium.
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