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You’ve probably heard everything about the next generation Jetta. The small sedan will be introduced early next year at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Still, that’s not everything that the automaker prepares. Our photographers have managed to catch a prototype of the sporty variant, so-called 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI spy

Prototype Shows Special Equipment

The testing vehicle has been totally camouflaged, but we managed to see what’s going on beneath. The all-new Jetta GLI is featuring some special tweaks, which make it better from its regular model. Around back, the sporty sedan sports a dual exhaust layout, while the overall car sits lower the ground. Volkswagen used a familiar wheel patterns for wheels, but you’ve probably recognized a Golf GTI-designed wheels, brakes, and tires.

New Platform and Engine

Of course, the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI will ride on a new platform just like its regular sibling. The outdated PQ35 has been replaced with VW’s universal MQB architecture. The high-performance model is getting a more potent engine from the current. The carmaker will likely add the newest 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 unit, which will most likely pump out around 220 horsepower. That’s 10 ponies extra compared to the current version. The redesigned Jetta GLI will add one more gear. More precisely, today’s six-speed will be replaced by a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. Volkswagen has canceled manual model this year, but who knows, perhaps they prepare a new manual.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI spy rear

Detroit or New York

If the all-new VW Jetta GLI doesn’t arrive along with the regular model at the 2018 NAIAS, the sporty sedan will probably appear at the next year’s New York Auto Show.

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