Next-Gen Volkswagen Jetta GLI Spied Testing for the First Time

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Volkswagen is working on its next-generation Jetta and spy photographers have managed to catch a pre-production model testing in Spain.

Although little is officially known about the next Jetta, it will likely ride on the German automaker’s MQB platform that also underpins the latest generation Golf, Tiguan, and Atlas models. It does appear the sedan will grow in size, sporting a longer body and a larger trunk. Although the prototype is heavily camouflaged, what we do see suggests the Jetta will change a bit for once, with the front end getting a design that’s more in line with other recent Volkswagen models such as the Arteon and Phideon.

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While the new Jetta doesn’t feature the Arteon’s clamshell hood design, it does draw inspiration from the Golf with its mirrors and wheels. Our spy photographers’ source says Volkswagen’s popular 2.0-liter, four-cylinder TSI engine that currently powers the GLI will make a return. But it will be tuned to have around 220 to 230 horsepower, making it similar in power output to the Golf GTI.

Expect more news on the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta in the coming months, as it should make its debut early next year in January.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Nick Nick on Nov 23, 2017

    Am I the only one who thinks this looks like it has the body lines of a Passat?