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The Mk7 Jetta
Also known as the Sagitar
Rising from the ashes in europe as a previously scraped model the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta debuted at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, on 14 January 2018, after Volkswagen released an exterior design sketch in December 2017. The Jetta is based on Volkswagen's MQB Platform, which underpins other Volkswagen vehicles including the Volkswagen Golf and the Volkswagen Atlas.
The Mk7 was larger than its predecessor, offerd more interior room and had the latest generation of Volkswagen's infotainment systems, including integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Its ten-color customizable ambient interior lighting includes lighting across the dashboard and instrument panel, front and rear doors, foot wells, and the gauge "rings" of a newly available fully digital instrument cluster display, marketed as the "Digital Cockpit". Reflector LED headlamps and LED rear tail lamps are standard equipment, and a panoramic sunroof was also available. Heated and ventilated front seats are available as well, as leather-trimmed seating surfaces became available for the first time since the Mk. V Jetta. In addition, Volkswagen was the second automaker in the U.S. to offer a premium Beats Audio audio system, and also offerd advanced safety technologies such as adaptive cruise control (ACC), blind spot monitoring (BLIS), light assist, lane assist, and rear cross-traffic alert.
The Jetta's 1.8 L turbocharged TSI inline four-cylinder (I4) gasoline engine has been discontinued, as the outgoing 147 hp (110 kW) 1.4 L turbocharged TSI inline four-cylinder was the only engine option on the Jetta. Only the base S trim is offered with a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic transmission, while all other trims offer only an eight-speed automatic transmission. On higher trim levels, the Jetta also offerd seventeen-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and Volkswagen Driving Mode Selection. There is also Cross Differential System (XDS), but it was only available on the Jetta R Line.
Safety features on the Jetta included an Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS), and a standard safety cage. An automatic post-collision braking system, a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), as well as seven safety and stability-enhancing systems all came as standard equipment.
Trim levels of the all-new Jetta in the U.S. were S, SE, R-Line, SEL, and SEL Premium. Trim levels in Canada were Comfortline, Highline and Execline. All trim levels lost the multi-link rear independent suspension for a less expensive torsion-beam rear suspension.
As with its predecessors, production of the all-new 2019 Jetta continues at Volkswagen's Puebla, Mexico Assembly Plant. A GLI model with a multi-link rear suspension is expected to come as a 2020 model. However, this new seventh generation Jetta ceased to be sold in the European market.
The Chinese-spec Volkswagen Sagitar Long-Wheelbase was launched on January 19, 2019 both in Beijing and Shanghai; it is about 50 mm longer than the U.S.-spec model, and is equipped with independent suspension. This is an attempt to occupy the more upscale market than the also-MQB SAIC-VW Volkswagen Lavida, which share similar looks. Production continues in the FAW-VW Chengdu Plant.