Volkswagen’s current Jetta has been on sale since the 2011 model year, during which time the car has seen its engine lineup expanded and a new hybrid variant added. Next year, however, the car will receive its first major update, as confirmed by this camouflaged prototype recently spotted testing in the U.S.

The visual changes will be minimal and are likely being introduced to bring the car’s styling in line with that of the 2015 Jetta SportWagen, which is essentially a wagon version of the latest 2015 Golf instead of the actual Jetta. Look for changes to the headlights, grille and bumper.

The updated Jetta should be launched sometime next year, as a 2015 model. It will still be based on the current model’s PQ35 platform instead of VW’s latest MQB but hopefully we’ll see some additional engine options like the 1.4-liter TSI. Current offerings include a base 2.0-liter mill with 115 horsepower, a 1.8-liter turbo with 170 horsepower, a 2.0-liter turbo with 200 horsepower, a 2.0-liter TDI with 140 horsepower and a hybrid setup (1.4-liter paired with electric motor) with 170 horsepower.

Note, VW dropped its torsion-beam rear suspension for the 2014 model year, meaning all Jettas now come with a fully independent rear setup.

Stay tuned for updates as development of the 2015 VW Jetta continues.


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