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2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI - Click above for high-res image gallery

When Volkswagen first debuted the new-for-2011 Jetta sedan, we were told that a total of four engine choices would be available. The standard Jetta makes use of the naturally aspirated 2.0- and 2.5-liter mills, as well as the much-loved 2.0-liter TDI powerplant. The final engine in this set - Volkswagen's turbocharged 2.0-liter four - now makes its debut under the hood of the 2012 Jetta GLI, which gets its official reveal at this week's Chicago Auto Show.

Think of the Jetta GLI as a bigger, fatter GTI. Just like in the smaller hatchback, the 2.0-liter turbo-four produces 200 horsepower and 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 and understeer during cornering.

The Jetta GLI is available in three trim levels - GLI, GLI Autobahn and GLI Autobahn Navigation - priced from $23,495, $25,545 and $26,445, respectively. The base GLI comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, smoked taillights and 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 and 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 coming months. For the full details, follow the jump for Volkswagen's press release, and stay tuned for live impressions direct from the Chicago show floor.


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[Source: Volkswagen]Continue reading Chicago 2011: Volkswagen debuts turbocharged 2012 Jetta GLI, priced from $23,495

Chicago 2011: Volkswagen debuts turbocharged 2012 Jetta GLI, priced from $23,495 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 08 Feb 2011http://www.autoblog.com/2011/02/08/2012-volkswagen-jetta-gli-revealed-chicago-2011/
 

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Before the GLI was just a 4 door GTI with a trunk. With the increase in size and different chassis, the Jetta GLI is now a bigger car. It has many goodies that are absent out of the other models like full screen DIS/MFD (instrument cluster display), left and right side steering wheel buttons, sport seats, sport steering wheel, suspension, and independent rear suspension.
 
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