2016 VW Jetta GLI: Bolder, more tech

By Bob Nagy on June 11, 2015 3:58 AM

The first images of the updated 2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI have been released along with news on tech upgrades to the enthusiast-oriented sedan that goes on sale this summer. The most obvious changes to this 4-door cousin of the Golf GTI are found in its revamped nose and tail. Up front, the edgier soft fascia houses a new honeycomb grille insert and more distinctive fog lamps while the rear bumper is set off by a redrawn diffuser that incorporates a pair of chrome exhaust outlets. Both the 2016 GLI SE and SEL models are fitted with new 18-inch Mallory-design alloy wheels that can be wrapped in standard all-season tires or optional summer performance rubber. 

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Sharing the same turbocharged 210-horsepower EA888 4-cylinder engine as the GTI along with a sport-tuned suspension, both 2016 GLI trim levels get VW's new MIB 2 infotainment system with USB (finally) and Car-Net connectivity and also add the automaker's Automatic Post-Collision Braking system that can mitigate damage occurring after an impact. Key SE standard features include a Fender Premium Audio System, dual-zone climate control, a sunroof, 6-way power driver seat, Keyless Access with push-button start, a rearview camera, front/rear Park Distance Control, rain sensing wipers, auto headlights and heated seats. Stepping up to SEL trim richens the mix with a navigation system, Homelink, Blind Spot Detection with rear traffic alert and Bi-Xenon headlights with the Adaptive Front-lighting System that can "look into" corners. 

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Pricing for the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI lineup will be released closer the on-sale date, but VW did indicate that the sticker number for both the SE and SEL variants should see only a modest rise beyond 2015 levels.

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