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Volkswagen Philippines Nips and Tucks The Jetta, Polo, and Tiguan

Volkswagen presented their 2016 market plans at the media at their annual Media Appreciation Night, and in the event, 3 cars in the Volkswagen line-up were updated.

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The first one includes the arrival of the facelifted Volkswagen Jetta. Now with the option of a 1.4 liter TSI turbocharged, direct injected petrol engine, the Jetta now caters to a wider customer range. The 2.0 TDI diesel still remains. The petrol powerplant produces 160 hp and 240 Nm of torque, while the diesel produces 140 hp and 320 Nm of torque. The good news now is that, whereas before it was only available with a manual, the standard (and only) transmission choice now is Volkswagen’s excellent DSG (direct shift gearbox) dual-clutch transmission, with 6 gears for the diesel, and 7 gears for the petrol.

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I swear to all of you that the Volkswagen Jetta has been updated. It isn’t obvious at first glance, but trust me, it has been facelifted. The Jetta now possesses a new grille, dominated by its horizontal design. 17-inch “Queensland” alloy wheels are equipped, while for the petrol variant, the 16-inch “Navara” alloy wheels are equipped as standard. The inside gets an upgrade, too. Now fitted as standard is the 5-inch Composition touch screen system with Bluetooth functionality and rear aircon vents. The Jetta also gains more safety features as well. Apart from the usual ABS with EBS, plus Electronic Stability Program with Comfort Brake Assistant, it also now includes Hill Hold Assist, six airbags, and cruise control.

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The Polo sedan gets an upgrade, too. Gone are the drab black door handles and black side mirrors. They are now made more premium looking by being painted. A new, horizontal grille now graces the front of the Polo as well.

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The Tiguan, meanwhile now gets more equipment. Called the Business Edition, the new Tiguan is still fitted with the 2.0 TDI diesel engine and 6-Speed Automatic combination, but now gains automatic Bi-Xenon HID headlamps with LED daytime running lights, headlamp washers, 18-inch “New York” alloy wheels, and power folding heated mirrors. Inside the Tiguan now gains the RCD510 touchscreen system with Bluetooth functionality, 12-way power driver seats, and Vienna leather interior.

Other plans that have been laid out for the Philippine market include the introduction of the R badge in the market, first as an equipment line called R-Line for the Passat and Touareg. The regular models of the Volkswagen Golf will also make its arrival this 2016, and they also made indications of the arrival of the Volkswagen Beetle Dune.

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