While we are still awaiting our CKD Jetta, the 2014 New York Auto Show will debut the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta facelift in a few weeks’ time. The C-segment sedan gets a very light refresher for the coming year, which is not a surprise if you look at VW’s recent facelifts of the Polo and Scirocco models.
Changes to the exterior are minimal, and are limited to a set of new grille with active shutters, more prominent front air intakes and sharper, more Audi A4-like rear lights. The update draws visual links to the US market’s bigger Passat, especially the front. Now available across the range are the LED DRL-equipped headlights introduced on the Jetta Hybrid.
Volkswagen claims improved efficiency across the range, which is helped by improved aerodynamics and newer, more advanced engines. New to the stable are 150 PS versions of the 1.4 litre TSI petrol (turbo only, not TwinCharged like in the 160 PS Malaysian model) and 2.0 litre TDI diesel motors, which are now offered with automatic stop-start and battery energy recuperation systems as standard.
Also carried over from the latest Golf Mk7 are the updated cabin’s steering wheel, instrument cluster and automatic air con controls, to go along with the new piano black and chrome trimmings. Advanced safety features such as Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Frontal Collision Warning make the jump to the sedan too.