Yesterday, Volkswagen gave us a glimpse at what the next-generation Jetta will look like with a sketch showing the side of the car, and now the world’s largest carmaker has released a few more renderings that leave little to the imagination. Not long now until the sedan’s unveiling at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

Thanks to these images, we now have a clearer view of the front end, which features a hexagonal front grille connected to the headlights in a manner similar to the T-Roc, plus sculpted fog light surrounds and prominent bonnet strakes. The sweeping coupé-like roofline, as shown in the previous sketch, is clear to see here.

At the rear, the trapezoidal tail lights, broad number plate recess on the bootlid and integrated twin exhaust exits are reminiscent of the newly-launched Virtus (née Polo Sedan/Vento), which means it bears a striking resemblance to recent Audi models like the B9 A4. Meanwhile, the interior has shades of Alfa Romeo Giulia in its design, with a horizontal dashboard layout, integrated centre display and three-spoke steering wheel.

Again, the car shown here is clearly different to the Jetta that was teased on the company’s Canadian website last month, which had a more traditional three-box profile. This leads us to suspect that there could be two versions of the Jetta that will be introduced worldwide, with the sleeker, more stylish model you see here reserved for the United States market.

This would follow the template set by the Passat, which has had an identically named but larger sibling in North America since 2011. In any case, this new Jetta will be larger than before, according to first drive reports from US media, being 43.5 mm longer, 20 mm wider and five millimetres taller than before. The wheelbase is also 33 mm longer at 2,685 mm, which should result in greater legroom.

Under the skin, the Jetta will finally move to the modular MQB platform already underpinning the Golf, Polo, Passat (rest of the world) and even the three-row Atlas SUV. Power will come from a 1.4 litre turbocharged petrol engine making 150 hp and 249 Nm of torque, paired to an eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission rather than a dual-clutch DSG. A six-speed manual will also be offered.