Volkswagen has released the new 2012 Jetta GLI. The car features typical German refinement and performance – and also strikes a balance between the two. The trapezoidal headlights and the front grille add to the looks, cooling air intake and tray-shaped front spoiler tucked beneath the front bumper round off the macho look.
Coming to the rear, the smoked taillights in two sections grab the attention along with dual exhaust tips. The tyres are available with 17” or 18” alloys.
The interior has sport bucket seats with red stitching, a sport flat-bottom steering wheel with red stitching, the GLI logo and aluminum accents. Available in cloth or V-Tex Leatherette the car also features sleek alloy pedals, shifter, dash and door trim.
Luxury features include 6.5″ touch screen premium VIII radio with Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, one-touch up/down power on all four windows, standard multifunction display (for vehicle status, trip, radio and navigation information when equipped). While dual zone climate control, RNS-315 navigation system and keyless entry with pushbutton start are available as options.
The sedan gets the award winning 2.0 L turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission, producing 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque @ 1700 rpm. The new model is comparatively lighter to the old model.
The new Jetta GLI should return 31 mpg highway with the manual and 32 mpg highway with the DSG automatic.
Also provided are Track tuned four-way Independent Performance Suspension, DSG automatic gearbox with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters and four wheel disc brakes with floating red calipers.
XDS cross differential system that debuted on the Volkswagen GTI, that helps prevent inside wheel spin during cornering have also found its way into the Jetta GLI.
ESP, tyre pressure monitoring, VW’s Intelligent Crash Response System, driver and front passenger airbags, side airbags in front and side curtain protection airbags in front and rear.
The car is sold in three models, entry level Jetta GLI at $23,495, GLI Autobahn at $25,545 and the top of the range Jetta GLI Autobahn at $26,445.