Volkswagen USA has used the 2019 Chicago Auto Show to show off its 2019 Jetta GLI. Featuring the same engine as the Golf GTI and brakes from the Golf R, the new Jetta sadly isn't coming to SA, but it's certainly nice to look at.
"Volkswagen has long been synonymous with small, sporty cars," said Scott Keogh, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. "The redesigned 2019 Jetta proved once more that its combination of design, technology and value continues to resonate with buyers. The 2019 GLI takes the Jetta foundation and adds performance features from the Golf GTI to give buyers a true sport sedan."
Built on the same MQB platform which underpins many Volkswagen Group product, this new Jetta GLI sits a little lower than a standard Jetta, giving it a sporty stance. There are LED projector headlights with daytime running lights at the front which combine well with the black honeycomb grille and red detailing. Upon closer inspection, you'll see brakes from the Golf R with red callipers wrapped in 18-inch rubber.
In terms of power, the Volkswagen Jetta GLI has the same 2.0-litre turbo motor as the Golf GTI. For those wish to know, it's the direct-injection EA888 TSI. It produces a tidy 170 kW and 350 Nm, and power goes to front wheels via a standard 6-speed manual transmission. The option of a 7-speed DSG auto is available. There's also an all-around independent sport suspension.
Sadly, as cool as the new GTI-powered Jetta is, there is no right-hand drive production available so it will not be coming to South Africa.
Volkswagen Jetta GLI