Volkswagen of America is introducing the 2016 Jetta GLI bringing several moderate tweaks both inside and out.
Described as being the “sedan equivalent of the Golf GTI”, the Jetta GLI has reached 2016 model year which brings a slightly updated front fascia with a different honeycomb grille and revised fog lights. The back of the car holds a modified bumper with a diffuser and there’s also a pair of exhaust tips featuring a chrome finish.
Photos of the interior cabin have not been provided, but Volkswagen says the 2016 Jetta GLI comes with the MIB 2 infotainment system and will be available as standard with an automatic post-collision braking system. As the name suggests, it applies the brakes immediately after a collision is detected by the airbag sensors.
Upgrade to the SE version and you also get LED taillights, keyless access (with push-button start), automatic dual-zone climate control system, rearview camera, six-way power driver seat, sunroof and heated seats. This model also comes with automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, front & rear Park Distance Control and a Fender sound system.
The more expensive SEL trim adds adaptive bi-xenon headlights, blind spot detection (with rear traffic alert), navigation and HomeLink.
Volkswagen hasn’t made any changes in the engine department so the 2016 Jetta GLI has the same TSI 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged gasoline unit developing 210 bhp (156 kW) and 207 lb-ft (280 Nm) of torque sent to the front wheels through either a 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox.