Right now, Volkswagen is putting the finishing touches on its new Jetta. And while there’s plenty in store for the next-generation, we now know it’ll come with a stick shift.
The news comes via our friends at Motor Authority, who caught up with Volkswagen Group of America’s President Hinrich J. Woebcken and VWoA’s Senior Vice President Product Planning & Strategy Hendrik Muth during a Red Bull Global Rallycross event. So this isn’t just hopeful speculation from third-pedal fans. A manual transmission is most definitely on the way — and it will be available as soon as cars arrive on our shores.
We’ve written about how sticks are becoming increasingly rare on this blog many times, so it’s great to see VW embracing its enthusiast base with the new Jetta. Because while the company has long excelled at making even its most practical offerings fun to fling down twisty roads, the latest models of the current Jetta only offered the automatic. With so many other automakers phasing out the traditional tech, it would have been easy for the “sky is falling” types to believe it might be a permanent change, but fortunately, that’s not the case.
We’ll have to wait until the Jetta debuts at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit to get full details, but there’s also an R-Line version on the way. For those who don’t speak Volkswagen, R-Line models generally offer sporty body details, more aggressive suspension set ups, and larger wheels than standard models. We expect the Jetta R-Line to receive all those elements and more. There’s even a chance that there will be more power on the menu, but that’s pure speculation at this point. Regardless, we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed.
The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta will be available at your local AutoNation Volkswagen dealer in spring of next year. And when you stop by for a test drive? Make sure to try one with a stick!