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VW unveils affordable all-new Jetta [updated]

All-new 2011 Jetta sets new standard in its class delivering sophisticated style, precision German engineering at an affordable price.

The all-new 2011 Jetta delivers style at a starting price of about $16,000. Volkswagen of America

Volkswagen of America today unveiled its new 2011 Jetta that offers best-in-class rear legroom, a premium interior, and Volkswagen essentials.

"Today marks the beginning of a new era for Volkswagen and for Jetta," said Stefan Jacoby, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America. "The all-new 2011 Jetta is a class-up driving experience with the kind of styling, design and power under the hood normally found in more expensive luxury cars. At an extremely attractive price, this car is sophisticated, fun to drive and practical."

You have four engines to choose from when buying the new Jetta, including a 2.0-liter turbodiesel direct injection (TDI) Clean Diesel with a common rail injection system producing 236 pounds-foot of torque. The diesel engine runs as quietly as a gasoline engine does, but it yields the power of a sports car and can achieving 0-60mph in 8.7 seconds. Its other engine options include the 2.0, 2.5 R5, and the 2.0 TSI. VW will offer manual transmissions as standard equipment with all engines. However, VW will offer an automatic transmission with  each engine version. On the new 2.0-liter TDI and 2.0-liter TSI, Volkswagen will offer the six-speed DSG--an advanced and efficient automatic transmission system.  In the U.S., the S, SE, SEL, and TDI versions of the Jetta will be available, as will a 2.0-liter GLI engine.

The new Jetta has a wheelbase and exterior length that are significantly bigger than previous models, which results in more space and greater comfort. At 182.7-inches long by 57.1 inches tall by 70.1 inches wide, the 2011 Jetta is more than 3.5 inches longer than its predecessors were. A benefit of its extended wheelbase is that the 2011 Jetta interior is more comfortable. Its legroom is now a long 38.1 inches, a 2.6-inch gain from the previous model.

The car's center console has controls for climate, radio, and radio-navigation systems. This console section is slightly inclined toward the driver for ideal alignment of the cockpit. Also in  optimal view for the driver are the round instruments. The multifunction display (trip computer) is located between them.

The 2011 Jetta will be available in the U.S. this October.

Updated: Photo gallery added on 06/17.