2020 VW Jetta GLI’s Front End Previewed Ahead Of This Week’s Unveiling

Volkswagen is about to add another performance model to its North American lineup, the all-new Jetta GLI.

The car will debut at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, on February 7, and to mark the announcement, the company has released a short teaser video that gives us a look into the updated front end.

Compared to the regular Jetta models, the GLI’s grille scraps the chrome insert and horizontal slats for a black look and honeycomb pattern. It also gets a red line that runs across its width, just like its hot hatch sibling, the Golf GTI, and the headlights appear to be darker.

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With the “body of a sedan and the heart of a GTI”, according to the caption of the video, the new Jetta GLI will take on the Honda Civic Si and Hyundai Elantra Sport. It will reportedly be aided by the same engine as the Golf GTI, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder lump, rated at 228 hp (231 PS / 170 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque.

The 2020 Jetta GLI is expected to arrive with two transmission options, a six-speed manual and a seven-speed dual-clutch. Sport suspension, progressive power steering with variable assistance, limited-slip differential and bigger brakes should be part of the package as well.


  • charlotteharry57

    Pretty much as expected. That 2.0L Turbo (and not the new, lower-power one in the Passat and Beetle) has been around for years and isn’t particularly reliable. It’s the same one in the last GLI. Disappointing.

    • performante

      Well this is an ignorant comment. The Gen 3 EA888 has been pretty reliable so far. It is also pretty underrated by VW. MK7 GTI’s have dyno’d ~270 wheel HP stock.

      The engine for the new GLI in this is not the same in the previous GLI. It’ll use the same engine as the current GTI. 228 HP versus the previous 210 HP (Source: VW Canada).

  • DM

    Bloated and ugly though.

  • SteersUright

    GLI never got the love it’s deserved from VW. Always semi quick, floaty, loose, and boring and never the Gti sedan it always should’ve been. I’ve been waiting endlessly (not holding my breath) for VW to rectify the situation and make it every bit as good as that car some day.

  • Chris Van Der Merwe

    Oh good, this will release two years afters its debut.

  • Mr_Fanta_Pants

    Is the badge in the grille supposed to be crooked? 🤔

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