2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI packs Golf GTI tech into sports sedan

Volkswagen has revealed the 2019 Jetta GLI, wrapping the 2.0-liter TSI engine of the Golf GTI in a performance sedan body. Making its debut at the Chicago Auto Show 2019 today, the new GLI packs 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, along with tapping into tech from both the GTI and the Golf R.

It’s based on VW’s MQB architecture, unsurprisingly, just like the more mainstream 2019 Jetta. However into that the automaker drops its EA888 TSI engine, for 18 hp and 41 lb-ft more than the outgoing Jetta GLI. There’s variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust sides, along with variable exhaust valve lift.

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