The GTI with a trunk is coming soon.
Ever since the seventh generation Volkswagen Jetta was revealed last year at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, we've been wondering when the sportier Jetta GLI would finally arrive. We previously reported that the new GLI should share the same basic guts as the Golf GTI, meaning it will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder sending 220 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels through a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG. The GLI should ditch the base Jetta's torsion beam rear suspension in favor of the GTI's multi-link setup.
We initially believed the GLI would make its debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show (one year after the Jetta made its debut) but Autoblog now reports the car will instead be revealed in Chicago.
A VW spokesperson confirmed to Autoblog that the GLI will make its debut at the Chicago Auto Show in February. The actual unveiling should take place in the press days before the show opens to the public on February 9. VW has been busy showing off the Jetta's customizability with several builds at this year's SEMA Show, an obvious marketing exercise in the build up to the GLI's reveal. The German automaker even built a 600-hp land speed record car with the same drivetrain as the upcoming GLI, which was able to hit 210 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
The Jetta GLI has historically played second fiddle to the Golf GTI and has never been able to match the GTI's performance. VW says this should change in the seventh generation, with both cars finally having equal footing in terms of power, transmissions, and suspension. The GLI should now essentially be a GTI with a trunk. Given the popularity of sedans compared to hatchbacks in the United States, it seems strange VW has taken this long to reveal the new GLI. Even though the wait has been long, we are extremely excited to see the new GLI at the Chicago Auto Show.