- The refreshed 2015 Volkswagen Jetta will debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show, Volkswagen of America said on Tuesday.
- The 2015 Jetta will arrive at dealerships in September.
- "Safety will be the big story," said Mark Gillies, a Volkswagen spokesman, in a phone conversation with Edmunds.
The 2015 Jetta will arrive at dealerships in September. Pricing has not been announced.
The base 2014 Volkswagen Jetta starts at $17,540, including an $820 destination charge.
"Safety will be the big story," said Mark Gillies, a Volkswagen spokesman, in a phone conversation with Edmunds.
He did not disclose specifics. The Jetta, which competes with the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Subaru Impreza, lags behind some competitors in testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It is expected that some of the safety improvements in the 2015 Jetta will be designed to boost its test scores.
Even though the 2014 Jetta received the highest five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it earned a "marginal" rating from the IIHS in the small overlap front crash test. The small overlap front crash test replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object like a tree or a utility pole.
The 2014 Honda Civic sedan, for example, scored a "good" rating in the small overlap front crash test by IIHS.
Volkswagen's official statement about the 2015 Jetta said the car will "feature a refreshed exterior, improved fuel economy and a host of new safety and technology features."
Last year, VW said the Jetta, along with the 2015 Volkswagen Golf, Beetle and Passat, will be fitted with a new optional diesel engine that is expected to return 45-46 mpg on the highway.
The Volkswagen EA288 diesel engine "will eventually replace all the 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel engines fitted in Audi and Volkswagen TDI Clean Diesel models," said VW in a statement last summer.
The 2015 Jetta with the new diesel engine targets the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel. The Cruze Diesel returns 27 mpg in city driving and 46 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.
A major redesign of the Jetta is expected in 2017.
Edmunds says: Consumers shopping in this popular segment may want to wait for the new and improved Jetta to hit showrooms before making a final purchase decision.