2020 VW Jetta GLI Will Reportedly Be Unveiled In Chicago

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is off to a slow start, but the model could see renewed interest thanks to the unveiling of the Jetta GLI.

Autoblog is reporting the performance-oriented model will be debut at the Chicago Auto Show which kicks off on February 7th. This isn’t too surprising as previous reports have suggested the car could be unveiled in either Detroit or the Windy City.

Little is known about the Jetta GLI, but a Volkswagen representative has previously said the car will eschew the standard model’s torsion-beam rear suspension for a more modern multi-link setup. The representative also confirmed the car will have a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, but declined to provide performance specifications.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta

While Volkswagen is staying tight-lipped, the Jetta GLI is expected to use the same engine as the Golf GTI. It produces 220 hp (164 kW) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque and this would be a big improvement over the Jetta’s turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder which churns out 147 hp (109 kW) and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm) of torque. While the standard model is available with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic, the GLI is expected to be offered with a six-speed manual and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

Like its predecessor, the 2020 Jetta GLI is slated to have sportier styling inside and out. As a result, we can expect unique bumpers, revised side skirts and a honeycomb mesh grille. Volkswagen do Brasil head of design, José Carlos Pavone, has also said the model will have five-spoke alloy wheels and a black roof.

Interior changes will likely be more modest, but drivers should find alloy pedals, a flat-bottom steering wheel and sport seats. Other updates could include revised trim and upholstery as well as plenty of GLI badging.

  • Kyle Newberry

    You would think just making this a sedan version of the GTI would make more people buy it?

    • Jason Miller

      That’s basically what it has always been.

    • SteersUright

      You’re right. But for some reason they always make the GLI much softer for some reason. I drove the latest one and it was hugely disappointing compared to a Gti. Hopefully this one is better, but not likely.

      • performante

        I’d say they were the closest, performance wise, during the MK4 generation.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    There was a time where Jetta managed to be a tad original even as a knock off of the Golf. Now not even that. It is an amorphous pile of straight lines with no personality whatsoever. A box on wheels.

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