Covers for new souped-up VW Jetta set to come off this week.
Since the all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta debuted at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, it was only a matter of time before the hotter GLI version would arrive. Luckily, we don’t have to wait much longer for its debut as Volkswagen has confirmed the covers will come off the new seventh-generation Jetta GLI at the Chicago Auto Show this week.
An obligatory teaser video has been released on Facebook to coincide with the announcement showing the sporty sedan’s front grille adorned with red trim and a honeycomb pattern similar to the one on its hot hatch sibling, the Golf GTI. Compared to the standard Jetta, the chrome accents have been removed and the headlights also appear darker.
Volkswagen describes the new Jetta GLI as having the "body of a sedan” and the "heart of a GTI" in the video description. Under the hood, the 2020 Jetta GLI is expected to adopt the same turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine as the US-spec Golf GTI, which produces 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque in the Rabbit Edition. It should also be offered with a choice of two transmission options: a six-speed manual and a seven-speed dual-clutch.
Sports suspension should also improve the handling, and beefier brakes and larger alloy wheels should also further distinguish the new Jetta GLI from the standard model to help it take on the other sporty sedans such as the Honda Civic Si and the Hyundai Elantra Sport. All will be revealed this week when the Chicago Auto Show opens its doors to the media on February 7.