Volkswagen has officially unveiled the 2016 Jetta GLI, the sedan equivalent of the Golf GTI. While the GLI nomenclature is not the sportiest sounding (seems more fitting for a base variant), the new version gets a dose of performance enhancing features like tuned sport suspension and a 2-litre TSI engine, transplanted from the GTI hot hatch.
With regard to form, the GLI gets sharper and looks far more performance focused than its sober siblings, with details like a honeycomb grille, new rear bumper housing a diffuser and two chrome tipped exhaust outlets, and Mansory 18-inch rims.
The SE and SEL-spec variants get additional features including LED tail lights, adaptive Bi-xenon headlamps, Fender audio, sat-nav, and Blind Spot Detection. Standard on the GLI is also Volkswagen's new Automatic Post-Collision Braking system that applies the brakes when a collision is detected by the airbag sensors, in an effort to reduce additional damage.
Do you think there's a market for the Jetta GLI in our country? Well, we are certainly taking more interest in being informed about our cars, and the driving enthusiast community is growing by the day, so who knows? Maybe it's time to road test our waters, Volkswagen.