The darkly lit photograph on the Volkswagen Canada home page is captioned with the text “Coming soon: the All-New 2019 Jetta,” and now Volkswagen has released a sketch of the new compact sedan.
We don’t know that we trust one or the other to be a better indication of the upcoming car, since they look a bit different (and even though you can’t see either one clearly enough, you can see similarities). The first image at vw.ca clicks through to a GIF, in which various parts of the all-new sedan are highlighted briefly. Choosing a proper screen shot and lightening it reveals a profile not unlike that of the current sedan, with a window line that is similar and larger headlights that almost appear a throwback to a previous generation. The big change would appear to be the inclusion of an egg-crate grille.
The released sketch shows a much sleeker sedan with a blunt nose and a rear window that slopes off gradually to the rear decklid. What little is seen of the grille appearing to be more in line with the horizontal-lined grille of the current model. It has been suggested that Volkswagen may adopt a 2-model strategy, similar to what it did with the Passat CC several years back. The coupe-like roofline of the sketch (which also seems to include a sunroof over the front seats) would appear to give credence to that line of thinking.
Both images show a character line that runs from the top of the slim taillights, though the door-handles to top of the front wheel arch, and the sketch appears to show bright tipped squarish tailpipes.
Of course, it’s far too early to speculate on anything to do with powertrain or interior, though we expect the usual engine(s) and a cabin that is roomier and more comfortable (since it is built on VW’s front-drive or AWD MQB platform that also works for Audi A3 and TT, and VW Golf, Passat and Tiguan, among other models across the entire Volkswagen Group). We’ll have to wait until the car’s introduction at next month’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit for a full breakdown of equipment lists.