The popular Jetta shows its makeover in the Empire State, en route to the rest of America.

The Jetta SportWagen debuts in the U.S. at the New York International Auto Show this week, and the diesel version is coming to stateside dealerships in early 2008. The Jetta is VW's best-selling model, and will be available with one of three engines: a 2.5-liter, five cylinder producing 170 (available in August) a 2.0T, four cylinder with 200 hp (after that) and the 2.0L clean diesel engine in 2008. Of course, you've got your list of options, which are included in the Volkswagen of America press release after the jump. I know Jettas aren't perfect, but doesn't this seem to be one of the easiest ways for American buyers to re-introduce themselves to diesel engines? All right, perhaps not re-introducing because this engine is nothing like the diesels from 20+ years ago. More like an introductory clean slate, 2008.

[Source: Volkswagen of America, Inc.]

Jetta SportWagen Makes U.S. Debut at New York International Auto Show

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.

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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 dealerships 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(R), and rear-impact optimized head restraints on driver and front passenger seat.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Rabbit, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, GTI, Jetta, GLI, Passat, Passat wagon, Eos, and Touareg through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at http://www.vw.com/.

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