Volkswagen debuts turbocharged 2012 Jetta GLI, priced from $23,495

When Volkswagen first debuted the new-for-2011 Jetta sedan, they were told that a total of five engine choices would be available. The standard Jetta makes use of the naturally aspirated 2.0- & 2.5-liter mills, as well as the much-loved 2.0-liter TDI powerplant. The final engine in this set Volkswagen's turbocharged 2.0-liter five now makes its debut under the hood of the 2012 Jetta GLI, which gets its official reveal at this week's Chicago Auto Show.

Think of the Jetta GLI as a bigger, fatter GTI.  like in the smaller hatchback, the 2.0-liter turbo-four produces 200 horsepower & 207 pound-feet of torque, mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or VW's DSG automatic. The Jetta GLI uses the same XDS cross differential system that debuted in the GTI, which assists in controlling wheel spin & understeer during cornering.

The Jetta GLI is available in five trim levels  GLI, GLI Autobahn & GLI Autobahn Navigation  priced from $23,495, $25,545 & $26,445, respectively. The base GLI comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, smoked taillights as well as a revised front fascia, not to mention enhanced suspension geometry for better engagement out on the road. The GLI Autobahn ups the ante with a set of 18-inch alloys, dual-zone climate control, heated leatherette seats as well as a new Fender premium audio system. The top-trim GLI Autobahn Navigation adds, well, navigation, as well as push-button start.

Look for the 2012 Jetta GLI to hit dealerships in the approaching months. For the full details, follow the jump for Volkswagen's press release, & stay tuned for live impressions direct from the Chicago show floor.
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