We had always thought that the Volkswagen Jetta is one handsome looking sedan and since it’s launch in Malaysia in 2011, it has been one of the most popular models in VWs range of cars here. Since its birth in 1979, the Jetta has been popular with its very own distinctive character due to its unique styling and design that has attracted a broad range of clienteles. Today, the Jetta stands as one of the brand’s best-selling model and to extend this success, Volkswagen Group Malaysia has introduced the all-new locally assembled Volkswagen Jetta.
The Jetta CKD is the fourth model to be locally assembled here in Malaysia next to the Passat, the Polo Sedan and the Polo 1.6 hatch; and significantly, the price has also dropped by a whopping RM21,000 from the full fledge CBU model that has been on offer here since 2011. Volkswagen Group Malaysia is proud to announce that the Jetta CKD will be priced at RM130,888, and bookings can be made as early as Friday!
Lets begin with performance. The locally assembled Jetta retains the award winning 1.4-litre twin-charged TSI engine that churns out 160ps and 240nm of torques at its disposal. It is matched with a 7-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox and will do the naught-to-sixty sprint in just 8.3 seconds. Top speed is rated at 221km/h which means that the Jetta is indeed, no slouch. Impressive as it is, the Jetta also features a combined fuel consumption of just 6 litres/100km, making it the segment class-leader in fuel efficiency and emissions.
So, what is missing in the CKD model? We are glad to mention that despite the price drop, a lot of the CBU’s specs and goodies has been kept and retained in the CKD model which we think will appeal very much to new buyers.
The Jetta CKD’s interior are where there are significant differences. It will take time even for the trained eye to see more differences inside. This iteration features VW’s new RCD320 entertainment system in replacement of the previous RCD310 which now offers multiple connectivity options such as Bluetooth, SD-card slot, USB with iPod interface and AUX-In. This system is then supplemented with 6 speakers all-round.
At the same time, the ‘Climatronic’ control panel is now replaced from dual-knobs to triple knobs just like those seen on the new Golf Mk7 and we also noticed that the CKD iteration does not come with paddle shifters (which is a turn-off for avid drivers like us!). Other than that, both the exterior and interior remains pretty much similar to the CBU model.
“The Jetta offers an aspirational and inspirational drive that marries sportiness, elegance and safety without compromising on Volkswagen’s commitment to sustainability with its fuel efficient consumption levels. The local assembly of the Jetta is the latest indication of our commitment to offer more affordable vehicle choices for Malaysians seeking the quality and reassurance that comes with a German engineered vehicle,” said Christoph Aringer, Managing Director of Volkswagen Group Malaysia.
He added – “The fully imported Jetta introduced in 2011 was a significant contributor to Volkswagen’s success in Malaysia thus far. We are extremely confident that sales of the Jetta will surge forward now that the car is being locally assembled and even more competitively priced than ever before.”
VGM is projected to sell 3,300 units of the Jetta this year and to aid this sales figure, the locally assembled Jetta will come with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty and 5-year 24-hours roadside assistance along with the purchase of the car. The Jetta is available in four colour choices: Candy White, Platinum Grey, Reflex Silver and Deep Black and it can be booked from 2 May onwards. For more information, log on to www.volkswagen.com.my or visit the nearest Volkswagen authorised dealership.
Words: Qhalis Najmi
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