The current generation of the Volkswagen Jetta has undergone numerous tweaks and upgrades since its debut in 2010, and an updated 2015 Volkswagen Jetta sedan will be arriving at the 2014 New York auto show in April according to a report from Automotive News. New Volkswagen CEO Michael Horn told AN that this revised Jetta will be the start of a product expansion for the brand that will attempt to regain the company’s momentum that helped it double its U.S. sales between 2009 and 2012.
The Volkswagen Jetta is VW’s best-seller in the U.S., but the current generation’s best sales year was in 2011; sales went down slightly in 2012 and 2013, and this revised 2015 model hopes to bring some attention back to the Jetta. The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta also received a few updates, most notably a new 1.8-liter turbocharged engine and a less-expensive TDI diesel model. The Volkswagen Passat midsize sedan—the second best-selling VW after the Jetta—will also be revised next year.
In addition to these two existing models, Volkswagen will introduce two new SUVs within the next few years: a compact crossover and a midsize, three-row SUV based on last year’s Crossblue Concept. The design of the upcoming Volkswagen compact crossover is reportedly finished, and Horn says it will be an evolution off of the current Tiguan. We wouldn’t be surprised if the new compact crossover retains the Tiguan name as well. These two SUVs, both of which may be built at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee assembly plant, will join the Jetta and Passat to create a core Volkswagen lineup that will make up a large percentage of the brand’s sales in the U.S.
The redesigned 2015 Volkswagen Golf will be arriving in the U.S. this year as well, and it will gain a new wagon variant as the existing Jetta SportWagen is renamed the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen. This renamed and redesigned wagon will be closely related to the next Golf, and is expected to offer the same 1.8-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and 2.0-liter turbodiesel as the Jetta sedan and Golf hatchback.
Stay tuned for more news about changes to Volkswagen’s lineup over the next few months.