Chicago - VeeDub fans who were around in the late 1980s will remember with some fondness a certain sedan called the Jetta CLI 16V, which was essentially a Golf GTI with a boot.
The CLI’s appeal faded however, when the third-generation of the early ‘90s only offered only an eight-valve option and the badge disappeared altogether after that, although we still got some hot Jettas in the form of the VR6 and the later 2.0T models.
Americans, on the other hand, have always had a hot Jetta, similar to our CLI in spirit, and called the GLI. It never went away and now there’s a brand new version. However, as with rest of the left-hand-drive-only, seventh-generation Jetta line-up, the new GLI won’t be coming to South Africa.
If you can handle the FOMO, let’s take a look at what we’re missing.
For starters the new GLI is powered by the same EA888 2-litre turbopetrol engine that motivates the Golf GTI, with 170kW and 350Nm on command. Drive is of course to the front wheels only and buyers can choose between a six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch automated transmission.