Volkswagen of America has unveiled a new 2019 Jetta GLI at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. Designed for the North American car market, it will go on sale in spring 2019.

This hot modification stands out with more power and performance, sharper handling and some features it shares with the VW GTI and Golf R (the brakes, in particular).

Called ‘a small sedan’, in its seventh generation, however, the car has almost caught up with the Volkswagen Passat in term of dimensions. Since today there is a tendency among automakers to switch to electric crossovers, hot sedans run the risk of being superseded.

Thus, the Jetta had to leave Europe to avoid rivalry with its ‘elder brother’ (Passat), as well as the Skoda Octavia.

The US car market differs much from the European one, and here, on the contrary, the VW Jetta has acquired a new sportier version.

The Volkswagen Jetta GLI inherited a 2.0-liter four-cylinder 228-hp turbo engine (258 lb-ft of torque) from the Golf GTI combined with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, though the base car has a six-speed manual transmission.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI’s Interior

External differences of the performance sedan from the standard one include more aggressive body kit, a new honeycomb grille, a rear spoiler, 18-inch wheels and a dual chrome exhaust. An independent sport-tuned rear suspension is added.

Inside we can find a new steering wheel, an expanded list of trim materials and contrast red stitching. Ventilated seats and a panoramic roof are optional.

American customers will see the first Jettas GLI in dealers’ showrooms in spring. The pricing is not still announced. The high-end 2019 Jetta costs about $28,000, while the 2019 VW Golf GTI’s upper price is $38,000.

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