Here is the all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta, which makes its global debut at the ongoing North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The sedan is not only larger in size, it also comes equipped with a range of new technologies and a bold new look.

In terms of dimensions, the new Jetta measures 4,702 mm in length (+43 mm), 1,799 mm wide (+21 mm) and 1,459 mm tall (+6 mm), with a wheelbase that now spans 2,686 mm (35 mm). These revisions are in part due to the adoption of the MQB platform, which is used on a range of Volkswagen models – from the Atlas to the Golf.

According to the people that made it, this helps contribute to more head and knee room as well as increased shoulder room and interior height. Meanwhile, cargo space remains unchanged from before at 510 litres.

Visually, the Jetta has a pointier front end, accentuated by the hexagonal-shaped grille and shapely LED headlights – the latter now fitted as standard equipment for the United States market. The lower apron is now divided into three sections, with the corners being space for the fog lamps. We did say it was bold, and there’s even details on the bonnet to further drive home that point.

Down the sides, there are scalloped sections between the wheels, along with a prominent character line. The line starts from the fender emblem (used to denote variant name), and progresses through the door handles to the top of the taillights.

At the rear, the taillights have gone through a bit of an evolution from those on the outgoing model, despite having a hint of B9 Audi A4 about them. Other cues include a small lip on top of the bootlid, as well as a curious setup for the rear fog lamps and reflectors. Overall, the more aerodynamic design is said to improve fuel economy thanks to an improvement of 10% in the car’s drag coefficient – now with a Cd figure of 0.27.

Like the exterior, the interior has gone through a significant overhaul as well. The brand new dashboard layout is dominated by a pair of displays – a 10.2-inch Active Info Display for the driver and an eight-inch touchscreen linked to the infotainment system. Said infotainment system has the usual array of connected services and can even be paired with a 400-watt sound system from Beats by Dre – the first North American Volkswagen model to get it.

The positioning of the touchscreen results in the centre air-con vents being placed between the screen and climate controls. Revisions to the centre console include moving the electronic parking brake switch to beside the gear lever, creating some extra stowage space. Additionally, the sliding cover over the cupholders also appears to be removed here.

Elsewhere, there are new seats, which depending on trim level, can come with power adjustment as well as seat heating and ventilation as an option. If the new lines are displays aren’t enough flash for you, there’s even a 10-colour interior ambient lighting system.

For even more technology, higher-spec variants sold in the US will come with a range of safety and driver assist systems. These include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Assist, Front Assist with Autonomous Emergency Braking, Rear Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Monitor, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and Light Assist.

There are big changes under the bonnet too, as there’s a new eight-speed automatic transmission (previously a six-speed auto) for the 1.4 litre TSI engine (150 PS at 5,000 rpm and 250 Nm available from 1,500 rpm). A six-speed manual is available for lower-spec variants as well.

Volkswagen says the new Jetta “was systematically designed to meet the needs of customers in overseas markets,” and “there are no plans for a European version.” It adds that “a sibling model of the Jetta now being presented will be offered later in China under the name Sagitar.”

For the US market, the Jetta will be launched in the second quarter of 2018, and be offered in four trim levels – S, SE, SEL and SEL Premium. It will be joined by an R-Line version later, which features sportier styling inside and out, along with an XDS electronic differential.