The 2022 Volkswagen Jetta and Jetta GLI receive a freshened exterior and interior design.
The base Jetta upgrades with the 158-hp 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine from the Taos, while the Jetta GLI’s 228-hp turbocharged four is unchanged.
Volkswagen announced a new Sport trim positioned above the base S trim with an XDS differential, 17-inch wheels, and a black package.
Volkswagen’s Jetta may not be the star of the VW lineup or get the kind of attention paid to the Golf GTI, but it’s good to know it and its sportier Jetta GLI sibling are there. In its latest generation, the GLI has really come into its own, transitioning to the VW MQB platform and getting a standard limited-slip differential, which made it shine enough to make our 10Best list alongside the Golf GTI and earn an Editors’ Choice award. Now both regular and GLI versions of the Jetta are getting an update that should make them even more appealing.
Principal among the changes: the 2022 Jetta will share an updated turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four engine with VW’s Taos. The new engine produces 158 horsepower, an increase of 11 horsepower from the Jetta’s current 1.4-liter four. It’s paired with a six-speed manual (#SaveTheManuals) or eight-speed automatic transmission. There’s also a new Sport trim that slots above the base S trim and includes an XDS differential, 17-inch wheels, and a black package.
The 2022 GLI’s turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine is unchanged. Thankfully you can still get it with a six-speed manual transmission as well as a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. To simplify the GLI lineup, there’s only one trim level—the fully loaded Autobahn—and one option choice, a black package.
2022 VW Jetta (left) and Jetta GLI.
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The exterior and interior design of the Jetta and Jetta GLI score a few tasteful changes. You’ll notice a new grille, updated front and rear bumpers, and Volkswagen’s revised logo which give the Jetta a more polished look. The GLI shows off a modified rear diffuser with a honeycomb pattern which houses the dual exhaust tips. The new styling is complemented by some new wheel options. There will also be three new metallic colors available: Rising Blue, Oryx White, and Kings Red.
Moving to the inside of the Jetta, there are updated seats (the GLI retains the same seats but with new red trim and perforated leather), different upholstery choices, and a newly standard digital gauge cluster. There’s also a two-tone Volcano Brown and Black leather color scheme. Both models also receive Volkswagen’s updated steering wheel as well as a new shifter design. The steering wheel on the GLI has touch controls and the GLI badge. The available driver-assistance features have also been tweaked, with automated emergency braking, rear traffic alert, and blind-spot monitoring all now standard and an upgraded IQ.DRIVE package with additional driver-assist systems optional on all trim levels.
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The 2022 Volkswagen Jetta will arrive by the end of the year. Pricing has not yet
Volkswagen and Toyota have become the latest carmakers to warn about production cuts because of the global computer chip shortage.
German car manufacturer Volkswagen said a semiconductor supply crunch could force it to slow production lines during the autumn, adding to cuts that have been in place since February. Japanese firm Toyota also reported that it would slash output by 40% in September.
Carmakers have struggled after a recovery in demand stretched supply chains earlier this year, with Covid-19 outbreaks across Asia hitting chip production and operations at commercial ports.
“We currently expect supply of chips in the third quarter to be very volatile and tight,” said Volkswagen, the second largest carmaker behind Toyota.
“We can’t rule out further changes to production,” the company told Reuters.
The Wolfsburg-based carmaker said it expected the situation would improve by the end of the year, and aimed to make up for production shortfalls in the second half as far as possible.
New car prices have begun to rise in response to the limited supplies of cars, but the most noticeable impact has been on the secondhand car market, where prices have jumped by 14% year on year in the UK and more than 40% in the US.
Toyota said it intended to reduce global production for September by 40% compared with its previous plan, according to the Nikkei business daily. This pushed its shares down by 4.4% on Thursday.
Shares in European carmakers and suppliers were also broadly weaker, with BMW, Daimler, Renault, Volkswagen and Stellantis – the maker of Peugeot and Fiat cars – all down by more than 2%.
The latest production woes follow news that German chipmaker Infineon, the top automotive supplier, was forced to suspend production at one of its plants in Malaysia in June, due to a coronavirus outbreak.
Reinhard Ploss, the Infineon chief executive, said earlier this month that the automotive industry faced “acute supply limitations across the entire value chain” and it would take until well into 2022 for supply and demand to be brought back into balance.
Analysts at ING said some Taiwanese semiconductor companies unaffected by the Delta variant of Covid-19 were pushing production beyond the usual 100% to satisfy demand.
Ford said on Wednesday it would halt output for a week on production lines that build its bestselling F-150 pickup trucks because of the shortage. The shutdown will begin on Monday.
Earlier this month, General Motors suspended production for a week at three North American truck plants, while Nissan halted it for two weeks at a Tennessee plant because of a Covid-19 outbreak at a chip plant in Malaysia.
Phone and computer makers have also reported semiconductor shortages. Apple executives said that while the impact was less severe than feared in the third quarter, it would get worse in the current quarter, and could hit iPhone production.
Looks like the future is going to be all-electric, and the Petersen Automotive Museum is celebrating it with their exhibit, “Building an Electric Future: The Technology of Today for the Vehicles of Tomorrow.”
While that title isn’t exactly spot-on—sounds like we’ll have outdated technology in the future—the exhibit itself is pretty cool. Actually, the Petersen has had some sort of Cars of Tomorrow-type exhibit its whole existence, from the day the museum first opened in 1994. Those cars have included everything from whacky, university-built solar cars for the World Solar Challenge race to steam cars and early electrics.
“We endeavor to do two things, learn from the past and become inspired for the future,” said Petersen Museum chief historian Leslie Kendall. “With electric cars, we’ve done both of those things.”
The museum has a 1901 Detroit Electric car that it exhibits to remind people how long EVs have been a thing.
“A lot of people had no idea that there were electric cars before the present day,” Kendall said. “They had absolutely no idea. And they find it very, very interesting that the application of that technology is being reinvigorated in so many amazing ways.”
With what one can only assume was a big infusion of Deutschmarks from VW, a lot of the exhibit features VW EVs, from the e-Golf to the ID.R that obliterated the record at Pikes Peak just a few years ago. There’s even a VW ID. Buzz microbus concept, the original yellow one, on hand. The latest addition is the ID.4 crossover, which rides on Volkswagen’s all-electric MEB architecture. And it’s not just any ID.4; it’s the off-road concept that recently completed the NORRA Mexican 1000 off-road race.
“‘Building an Electric Future’ gives a behind the scenes look at making the new age of electric and autonomous mobility happen,” said Klaus Zyciora, head of design at Volkswagen Group. “It shows varying perspectives from the point of view of the designer, the manufacturer, and the consumer.”
“The ‘Building an Electric Future’ exhibit is a prime example of the future of mobility through the eyes of the world’s largest automobile manufacturer,” said Petersen Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “We are proud to present this exhibit with Volkswagen and ignite a conversation about the impact of an electrified future. We hope it inspires museum guests to think critically about the cars of tomorrow and the challenges manufacturers are facing to design them.”
Volkswagen notes that “Building an Electric Future” is the feature installation under the “Driving Toward Tomorrow” series of exhibits at the Petersen. The series addresses the automobile industry’s current work on the future of transportation design and displays actual concept vehicles being developed by a global selection of automobile manufacturers.
If you’ve had the chance to spend time at the Petersen Museum, what’s been your favorite exhibit? Share in the comments below.
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