At Volkswagen Philippines yearly media appreciation night last January 22 at Volkswagen BGC showroom, their top officials led by President and Chief Executive Officer John Philip Orbeta and Chief Operating Adviser Klaus Schadewald announced the latest product upgrades and the new introductions to the Volkswagen line-up, starting with the availability of the new Jetta sedan, now in diesel and gasoline automatic variants.
The Jetta’s top grade Comfortline variant features a 2.0 Turbo Common Rail Direct Injection 4-cylinder diesel engine putting out a maximum output of 103 kW (140 Ps) at 4,200 rpm, and maximum torque of 236 lb-ft (320Nm) at 1,750 rpm., mated to a 6-speed DSG transmission. The new petrol Trendline variant has a 1.4 TSI engine that puts out 118 kW (160 Ps) at 5,800 rpm of power and maximum torque of 177 lb-ft (240Nm) at 1,500-4,500 rpm which is mated to a 7-speed DSG transmission.
The new Jetta is now loaded with upgraded drive and safety features: driver, passenger, side and head curtain airbags, Electronic Stabilisation Program (ESP) with Comfort Brake Assistant, Antilock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Differential Lock and Anti Slip Regulation, Hill Hold Control, and Cruise Control. Comfort and entertainment features include front and rear armrests, rear air-conditioning vents and Composition Color with 5″ touchscreen, radio, CD, MP3, USB, Aux-In, and Bluetooth for the infotainment system. Outside, the Jetta gets “Queensland” 17″ alloy wheels for the Comfortline variant, “Navara” 16” variant for the Trendline, front fog lamps, and redesigned bumpers, headlights and taillamps.
The new Jetta 2.0 TDI DSG Comfortline and 1.4 TSI DSG Trendline are priced at P1,498,000 and P1,378,000, respectively and available in five colors: Pure White, Deep Black Pearl, Ruby Red Metallic, Blue Silk Metallic, and Platinum Grey Metallic (for Comfortline only).
The upgrades to the Polo subcompact sedan and compact SUV Tiguan were also announced.
The Polo Sedan now comes with 15″ Tosa alloy wheels, a new chrome radiator grille, Halogen H7 headlights with turn signal lights and headlight-range adjustment, new front and rear bumpers, color-keyed exterior mirrors with turn signal, color-keyed door handles, new rear combination lamp design, and a remote trunk opening switch.
The new Polo Sedan 1.5 TDI MT Trendline and 1.6 MPI AT Trendline are priced at P860,000 and P840,000, respectively, and available in five colors: Candy White, Flash Red, Reflex Silver Metallic, Shadow Blue Metallic, and Carbon Steel Grey.
The compact SUV Tiguan 2.0 TDI AT comes in a “Business Edition”, highlighted by the “Vienna” leather seats with 12-way electric driver seat, safety-optimized front head restraints with longitudinal and height adjustment, and the RCD510 with color touchscreen audio head unit, radio, CD, MP3, USB, and Aux-In. The exterior has “New York” 18″ alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon headlamps with headlamp washer and LED daytime running lights, dynamic headlight range adjustment with dynamic cornering lights, auto headlight activation with separate daytime running lights, and electronically adjustable, power folding heated exterior side mirrors with side turn lights.
The Tiguan 2.0 TDI AT Business Edition goes for P2,426,000. and available in seven colors: Pure White, Deep Black Pearl, Toffee Brown Metallic, Silver Leaf Metallic, Pepper Grey Metallic, Venetian Green Pearl, and Uranus Grey.
It was also announced that Volkswagen Philippines will introduce the following product developments in 2016: The Golf Comfortline and Highline variants; the R-Line of the Passat and Touareg, and the return of the original rugged version of the iconic Beetle, the Beetle Dune.
To know more, log on to www.volkswagen.com.ph, like the Volkswagen Philippines Facebook page, or drop by one of the dealerships/satellite offices located at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig; Quezon Avenue in Quezon City; Greenfield District Service Center at Sheridan Street in Mandaluyong City; Molito Lifestyle Building in Alabang, Muntinlupa; and North Reclamation Area in Cebu City.
Photo by Gilbert Chao