The 2019 Chicago Auto Show proved to be a good place to catch up on some Volkswagen product plans and news.
VW used the show to finally show the 2019 Jetta GLI which ups the power considerably from the conventional Jetta. We are talking 80 more horsepower by replacing the 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with the 2.0-liter turbo-four from the Golf GTI. The GLI offers 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque with a choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and a limited-slip differential.
For stopping power there are Golf R front brakes in a car described as the most advanced GLI to date. Styling is conservative with touches like a red accent stripe across the grille, body-colored rear spoiler and of course the GLI badging. A strong crisp character line runs through the door handles and it rides on 18-inch wheels.
Built in the Puebla, Mexico, plant, the GLI goes on sale this spring in base and Autobahn trims. Pricing has not been announced.
There will also be a 35th Anniversary Edition—a short run of 2,400 units for the 2019 model year, with a black roof, unique wheels and a black rear spoiler. Appealing to young, affluent male buyers, the special edition should sell out quickly, said Derrick Hatami, vice president of sales and marketing for Volkswagen of America.