The automotive world’s focus may be on tomorrow’s Los Angeles Auto Show, but Volkswagen is already looking forward to the next big expo, the Detroit Auto Show. The company has started teasing the new Jetta on its Canadian site, with the countdown clock for the reveal currently sitting at 50 days, putting the reveal date on January 18. The show kicks off earlier in the week, so expect a proper unveiling before then.

A video on the site shows a design that’s an evolution of the outgoing model‘s, with the same three-box profile, C-pillar kink and linear shoulder line. By far the biggest change is at the front, with the new Jetta gaining a hexagonal grille connected to the headlights, in a manner similar to the T-Roc crossover.

Earlier in the year, Volkswagen North America CEO Hinrich Woebcken told VWVortex that the new sedan will come with a “super modern” design, with a coupé-like silhouette giving a “strong” and “emotional” design character. The online publication stated that according to dealers in the United States, there will also be a sportier R-Line variant offered at launch, as well as the hot GLI model coming about a year after.

The new Jetta is expected to finally move to the modular MQB platform employed by the Mk7 Golf. Engines will likely mirror that of the facelifted version of the latter, including a new 1.5 litre turbo mill with cylinder deactivation and a more powerful 2.0 litre unit in the GLI.

Transmission options for the American model could, however, include a new eight-speed automatic gearbox in place of a DSG dual-clutch transmission, as seen on the US-market Tiguan. A six-speed manual will reportedly be offered from launch.