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