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NYC Auto Show - Jetta SportWagen - UPDATED WITH MORE PHOTOS
By by: Jamie Vondruska
Apr 3, 2007, 11:24

Volkswagen will show the Jetta SportWagen at the New York International Auto Show. This new wagon will be built on the Golf/Jetta platform in Mexico along side the Jetta sedan and should be available in dealers around September of this year.

The Jetta SportWagen will be available with a 2.5l base engine, now bumped to 170hp and a 2.0T with a minimum 200hp. A 2.0 TDI model will also be offered sometime in calendar year 2008. Expect pricing to start around $1000 more than current Jetta models.

The styling of this new wagon appears to be a mix of current Golf/Jetta and Saab-esque design ques with large wraparound rear tailamps that are a departure from anything else VW currently offers. Gone too is the slab-sided look of the Jetta IV wagon in favor or a "sportier" looking rear end treatment. Interior volume with the seats folded down is still considerable at nearly 55 cubic feet and larger than the Volvo V50 (46 cu. ft.), the Jetta Wagon's only real competitor in this segment.

The Jetta/Golf Wagon has traditionally been a model that sells fairly well in Germany with more than a million sold thus far. Here in the States the Jetta Wagon is more of a niche model and doesn't traditionally sell in large numbers. We expect the same from this new wagon and VW will likely find the necessary buyers as there are very few alternatives, particularly with a diesel option.

Volkswagen of America Press Release-

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Jetta SportWagen, a sporty and dynamic wagon version of Volkswagen’s top-selling model, made its U.S. debut today at the New York Auto Show. The Jetta SportWagen mixes practicality with European style and balances both elegance and sportiness. Its exceptional ride and handling and segment-leading safety features, along with its design are perfect for those with an active lifestyle.

Delivering performance and value, the Jetta SportWagen will be offered with three engine variations. The Jetta SportWagen will launch with an upgraded 2.5-liter, five cylinder engine that now produces 170 horsepower. The 2.5L Jetta SportWagen arrives in dealers this August, and will be followed with the 2.0T, four cylinder engine that produces 200 hp. In early 2008 the Jetta SportWagen will be available with a 2.0L clean diesel engine.

Aside from offering the sporty feel and fun to drive performance of a Jetta, the SportWagen opens up a new world of possibilities in the way of usable cargo room— 32.8 cubic feet to be exact, or an even more impressive 66.9 cubic feet with the rear seat folded down. For those whose active lifestyle requires even more room, there is an optional fold-flat front passenger seat that provides additional cargo space. Fold-flat front passenger seat is available with “V-Tex” leatherette seating.

Like the Jetta, the SportWagen continues the Volkswagen tradition of offering a long list of standard equipment. Some of the many standard features include: air conditioning, anti-theft vehicle alarm, cruise control, CD player, traction control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, eight-way adjustable front seats with height, angle and lumbar support adjustments, and a height-and-telescoping steering wheel. Available as an option on the Jetta SportWagen is a panoramic sunroof. The panoramic sunroof offers its passengers an impressive 12.7 square feet of either daylight or starlight, providing them an open air connection with the outdoors.

The Jetta SportWagen also enjoys a long list of standard safety features such as, driver and front passenger front airbags, driver and front passenger side thorax airbags, Side Curtain Protection®, and rear-impact optimized head restraints on driver and front passenger seat.

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