New Performance VW Jetta GLI Will Debut Within A Year

Volkswagen introduced the 2019 Jetta at the North American International Auto Show earlier this year and a new report is suggesting it will soon be joined by a performance-oriented GLI variant.

In an interview with an unnamed Volkswagen representative, Autoblog was told the Jetta GLI will be introduced sometime in the next year. It will be unveiled at an undisclosed auto show and the publication speculations it could debut in Los Angeles this November or in Chicago next early next year.

Regardless of where the car is unveiled, it should be a significant improvement over the standard model as the representative reportedly confirmed it will eschew the torsion-beam rear suspension for a more modern multi-link setup. The representative also said the Jetta GLI will have a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

It could get Golf GTI power with 220 horses

There’s no word on how much the engine will produce but the Golf GTI’s four-cylinder develops 220 hp (164 kW) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. If those numbers carryover to the Jetta, it would be a significant improvement over the turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder which produces 147 hp (109 kW) and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm) of torque.

VW Jetta R-Line

While the final numbers remain unconfirmed, the Jetta GLI will reportedly be offered with both a six-speed manual transmission and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Besides the performance modifications, the GLI should receive a handful of interior and exterior styling updates. If the outgoing model is any indication, the car could have sportier bumpers, unique side skirts and a honeycomb mesh grille. We can also expect some special interior touches which may include alloy pedals, a flat-bottom steering wheel and sport seats.

While the 2019 Jetta starts at $18,545, the Jetta GLI will likely be pretty pricey as the current model has a base price of $29,545.

Note: VW Jetta R-Line pictured

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  • I never understand why they don’t release these performance models from the inception…it would definitely help sales and prevent them from losing some as well…

  • TrevP

    It looks too high off the ground for a performance model.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      That’s not the GLI, nor is that a performance model pictured….

      • TrevP

        I know its not a GLI, I never said it was…however there is an R badge on the grill which led me to believe that it could have been an R Line, but now that I think about it more, its most likely a trim much like the Atlas R line.

  • Dr Strangefingger

    Oh, the jetta… that styling just blows me… naahhh, it just blows.

  • Jason Miller

    They’re going to have to do a lot to make it even remotely exciting. The standard car is terrible.

    • Bash

      Standard Jettas been always terrible, they are the ones meant to be rentals and fleets i guess, yet no one -as individuals- buys them, you are right.

  • IFDU

    What’s with the large, weird rear overhang? Whole car just looks weird from when I first saw the launch photos.

  • Leconte Dave

    Why is it so high?

  • f1300

    Darn, that thing looks pretty… ugly. Seriously, it looks as if the upper part doesn’t match the lower. And it looks very, I mean VERY cheap at all. Whoever took those decisions – there surely are some doctors who can cure that…

  • blunt-o

    What a cold and ugly design. Looks like a botched Skoda.

  • Alex Korda

    not a big fan of the black fascia

  • Joe E

    I think it’s official – there isn’t a single angle from which the new Jetta looks good! I don’t think there has been one truly good-looking Jetta since the Mark IV tbh.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Totally agree. VW has completely lost it’s way because of greed. It’s only pumping out cars to make world wide numbers and there seems to be no one that cares to build truly iconic models. If only they could build with this quality of style and attention to detail with today’s tech and materials.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    This car doesn’t deserve the GLI moniker. Just truly awful. Right down to the chrome corners that appear should have (as everyone else does these days) exhaust tips…but no, that’s tucked up under and not hidden very well I might add. Truly sad what they have done to the brand.

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