Can’t wait to get behind the wheel of a brand new high-MPG Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI? Get ready to wait a bit longer. A post on the TDI Club forum leaks a letter from VW to its dealer network, spreading the news of a significant delay in the SportWagen TDI’s arrival.
According to the letter, the Jetta SportWagen TDI will not appear after the first of the year, nor in early spring … “late summer 2008” is now the expected time frame.
Enough of the bad news. Lets get to the good.
The buzz is that the SportWagen TDI’s ultra-clean turbo-diesel will deliver 140 horsepower and 235 foot pounds of torque. Highway mileage could be as high as fifty miles per gallon or more. (One unsubstantiated report pegged the highway figure as high as 60 MPG.)
The TDI’s story isn’t just about great mileage. Popular Mechanics scored a recent test drive and were “pleasantly surprised” to find the new VW oil-burner to be quiet and powerful, delivering a level of torque that humbles the Toyota Prius.
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This lightly modified Jetta SportWagen TDI displayed at the 2007 SEMA show in Las Vegas features custom paint and graphics, Hella lights, dropped H&R Springs, Brembo brakes, and 19-inch Sportec wheels shod with Yokohama tires.