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Volkswagen Unveils the Jetta GLI during Chicago Auto Show Media Preview

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Volkswagen Unveils the Jetta GLI during
Chicago Auto Show Media Preview

CHICAGO (Feb. 7, 2019) – Volkswagen unveiled the 2019 Jetta GLI during the 2019 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview on Feb. 7. The updated GLI ups the performance ante with more power, sharper handling, and features shared with GTI and Golf R models.

Derrick Hatami, executive vice president of sales and marking for Volkswagen of America, stated “The 2019 Jetta GLI rounds out our best-ever lineup of Volkswagen concept and performance cars, including the Golf GTI and Golf R. We think our Jetta fans will love this car.”

The 2019 GLI is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct-injection engine developing 228 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque – 18 more horsepower and 41 lb.-ft. more than the previous GLI. Shared with the GTI, GLI’s engine features variable valve timing on the intake and exhaust sides, as well as variable exhaust valve lift.

On the inside, a black interior sets the stage with red accents on the steering wheel, shifter, armrest and floormats. Diamond flag decor trim reinforces the sporty nature of the car, as does the standard leather-wrapped sport multifunction steering wheel and available sport HMI display from the GTI.

The base level Jetta GLI now has a comprehensive suite of standard safety and driver assistance technology including forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitor, rear traffic alert and an automatic post-collision braking system.

To keep passengers comfortable, a host of features come standard including heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlights, keyless access with push-button start, rain-sensing wipers and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The new Jetta GLI comes in three models including the S, Autobahn and a limited-edition 35th Anniversary model. The limited-edition 35th Anniversary model will be available with a special name plate, lettering on the seats, black roof, unique wheels, black mirror caps and a rear-lip spoiler.

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI will be available this spring; pricing has yet to be announced.

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