Volkswagen is testing a GLI version of the Jetta compact sedan to present it at the forthcoming Chicago Auto Show in February 2019.
The automaker has already launched the new-generation Jetta. It is the second most popular model of the brand in the US car market behind the Tiguan. The Volkswagen Jetta GLI’s prototype is undergoing road tests now.
Photo spies caught it camouflaged. The dual exhausts, tires, wheels and brakes in the style of the VW Golf GTI denote that this is exactly the GLI modification.
This version looks sportier than the regular model. It got a more aggressive grille, lower air intake and suspension, a fancy diffuser molded into the rear fascia.
VW can offer a manual gearbox for the car, as well as a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic one instead of the previous six-speed DCT.
The Jetta GLI will provide more dynamics. It utilizes a new MQB platform which substituted the PQ35. Volkswagen will offer for it a front-wheel drive and a more powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder inline motor that delivers over 201 hp currently available.
The GLI should arrive as a 2020 model in a year after the standard Jetta.
The company will produce it in Puebla, Mexico, where the Golfs and Tiguans are also made.