Set to celebrate three decades of the GLI's continuing popularity in the U.S. market, the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Edition 30 will go on sale here sometime early next year when it will become the only GLI offered until the new-gen 2015 Jetta lineup arrives later in 2014. Like the original that was spun from VW's seminal hot hatch, the GTI, the GLI continues to present its take on sportiness in a conventional sedan package that mixes enthusiast-grade performance and handling with a selection of upline features and unique cosmetic touches. 

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Volkswagen will offer this 30th Anniversary Jetta GLI in two versions: the Edition 30 and the Edition 30 with Navigation. Like the current 2014 Jetta GLI, both will be fitted with VW's 2.0-liter/210-horsepower TSI 4-cylinder gasoline engine that can be paired with either a 6-speed manual transmission or optional 6-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic. In addition to the sport suspension and bigger brakes, the Edition 30 mix also includes  upgraded 18-inch "Laguna" alloy wheels wrapped in 225/40 all-season tires. 

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Available in Deep Black Metallic, Pure White, Tornado Red, and Reflex Silver Metallic, both Edition 30 variants will feature red grille accents, a decklid spoiler, front foglights, LED taillights and unique badging. Inside, sport seats covered in V-Tex leatherette with red accents are joined by a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, brake handle and shift knob, a Premium VIII touchscreen radio with SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Bluetooth connectivity. Stepping up the Edition 30 with Navigation adds Keyless access with push-button start, the RNS 315 touchscreen navigation system, rearview camera, LED daytime running lights and bi-xenon headlights with VW's Adaptive Front-lighting System. 

Pricing for the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Edition 30 and Edition 30 with Navigation will be announced closer to their actual on-sale dates. 

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