2019 Volkswagen Jetta bares it all

The seventh-generation Jetta will get a more emotional design.

Low-resolution spy shots taken in Mexico have given us the best look yet at the brand-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta.

Designers have tossed out the current car's bland, understated lines and created a more emotional design for the nameplate's seventh generation. Up front, the sharp headlights and the hexagonal grille fall in line with Volkswagen's newest design language, which we'll see at the end of the month on the T-Roc crossover. The belt line is higher than before, and the roof line is almost fastback-like. The tail lamps remind us of the ones found on the latest Audi A4.

Under the sheet metal, the big news is that the next Jetta is expected to ride on Volkswagen's modular MQB platform. An earlier report suggests a 1.6-liter four-cylinder will power base models, with 1.2- and 1.4-liter turbocharged engines rounding out the lineup. Whether the GLI model -- which has been neglected over the past few years -- will return is up in the air at this point.

Last May, Volkswagen told investors the 2019 Jetta is scheduled to make its debut in December of this year. That means it will likely break cover online or at a private event, and it will greet the public for the first time the following month at 2018 edition of the Detroit Auto Show. Sales will kick off in time for the 2019 model year.

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