The often-mentioned Volkswagen Jetta CKD plans have been confirmed by DRB-Hicom, Volkswagen Group Malaysia’s local-assembly partner. Joining the CKD Passat and Polo Sedan models, the Golf Mk6-based C-segment sedan will roll off DRB-Hicom’s automotive complex in Pekan sometime this year.
Earlier this month, a covered-up Volkswagen Jetta was spotted at JPJ Putrajaya, suggesting that the CKD model’s introduction here could happen sooner rather than later. Little else is known of the incoming locally-assembled Jetta, but like the CKD Passat, it’s likely to be identical to the current CBU model.
Essentially a sedan version of the previous-generation Golf, the Jetta competes with cars such as the Ford Focus, Kia Cerato, Honda Civic, and the new 2014 Toyota Corolla Altis. Its 1.4 litre TSI engine produces 160 PS at 5,800 rpm and 240 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm, and is paired to a seven-speed dry-clutch DSG gearbox.
Post Volkswagen’s recent range-wide price hikes, the fully-imported Jetta (pictured here) is on sale for RM151,888 (without insurance). It’s bound to drop when CKD operations start. By how much? We’ll just have to wait to find out. For now, you can read our CBU Volkswagen Jetta test drive review to decide if it’s worth waiting for.
Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 TSI (CBU)