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VW Jetta GLI: 2012 preview

VW Jetta GLI

Interesting preview here of the 2012 VW Jetta GLI. Have a look!

Taking its drivetrain from the Volkswagen GTI, the GLI will use a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder rated at 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft. of torque. Mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed DSG transmission, the Jetta GLI should hit 60 mph in just under seven seconds regardless of gearbox. Look for the DSG to come with steering wheel-mounted paddles for sequential-style shifting.

Some of the biggest changes will come to the Jetta GLI’s suspension, however. While lesser Jettas now make do with a simple twist-beam rear axle for 2011 (previously, all Jettas had a fully independent suspension), the GLI will gain a four-link independent rear suspension with an upgraded anti-roll bar. Jetta GLIs will also add upgraded four-wheel disc brakes; low-specification standard Jettas with the 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated engines come standard with rear drum brakes, although rear discs are available on higher specification models.