The North American debut of the updated model will take place during the 2014 New York Auto Show, with the addition of very subtle exterior changes and under the hood tweaks and options.

The company took the exterior changes with the usual minimal approach, as some trims will get bi-xenon lighting, new LED’s (taken from the Jetta Hybrid) and an adaptive front lighting system. The Jett also gets a new grille with active shutters and the brake lights are larger and closer to Audi A4’s style. Overall, the design gets the Jetta ever more close to the bigger Passat sibling – so be sure to check them out thoroughly before saying which is which.

While many of the engines carry over, the VW engineers also claim efficiency improvements thanks to the new aerodynamic and tire resistance improvements, while new to the roster are a 150 hp version of the 1.4 litre TSI petrol and the 2.0 litre TDI diesel. Jetta’s mileage should improve thanks to the latter to 45 mpg (highway), 32 mpg (city) and 37 for the combined scenario.

Inside, the cabin has been updated with elements from the Golf Mk7 – there is a new steering wheel and updated instrument cluster and automatic air controls. There are also additional new safety features, like the Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Frontal Collision Warning.


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