Volkswagen last week announced that its New Compact Sedan, the replacement for the Jetta, would debut tomorrow, June 15, but the car has already appeared on the Web in purported leaked images.
The heavily stylized photos have turned up on the website of Britain's AutoExpress, which was responsible for the leak of pictures of the supposed next-generation Passat two weeks ago. The pictures show the supposed New Compact Sedan, which AutoExpress is claiming will retain the Jetta name, posing in front of the San Francisco Bay Bridge and wearing Tennessee license plates, lending credence to the pictures' legitimacy. As expected, the new Jetta draws heavily from the New Compact Coupe Concept presented at the Detroit Auto Show this past winter.
AutoExpress also claims that this new Jetta is some 3.5 inches longer than the current car and is no longer based on the Golf platform but on its own unique platform. That stretch also applies to the wheelbase and gives the new Jetta more rear-seat legroom. European models will reportedly offer three gasoline engines ranging from 104 horsepower to 200 horsepower and two diesel engines ranging from 104 horsepower to 138 horsepower. U.S. models are expected to carry a gasoline four-cylinder and a diesel four-cylinder, as the current model does.
The new Jetta will reportedly go on sale in Europe in May 2011. We'll have more information for you tomorrow when Volkswagen officially unveils its New Compact Sedan.