The Jetta has been refreshed a couple of times now, but it has not been upgraded like the Golf did. This means that it is still using the old platform, so we do expect to see VW offering a new and upgraded model. It seems that many people believe that the future 2017 VW Jetta GLI is going to be top of the line model of the new generation. We agree with this because it would allow VW to focus on the car without having to do any specific research and development duties to improve it. The upcoming model is going to use the same platform as the new Golf, the MQB highly modular architecture
This should allow the Jetta to get a bit better to drive, and this base will also give VW more room to work on the car. At this point, it still is unclear how much the new Jetta will borrow from the seventh generation of the Golf. We are inclined to believe that it will set the trend, and it will also give us a good glimpse of the eight generation of the Golf. The price around the World will still be less than the equivalent of $20,000. This will be more than the base Golf.
To be more precise, reports suggest that the starting price for this vehicle will be about $17,985 while the top of the line GLI trim will cost up to $28,995. If we add Golf GTI to the equation, we can see that Jetta GTI is neraly$4,000 more expensive than the base version of Golf GTI even though the two will share the same basic underpinnings. For those that still want good performances, we want to suggest to check out less expensive GLI version.
2017 VW Jetta GLI Design
Why? Well, the upcoming 2017 VW Jetta GLI will likely get a slightly softer suspension system. This should make it more comfortable to drive and a bit more compliant. On top of that, it will offer a less powerful engine which should also account for the price decrease. The interesting part is that the basic setup of the suspension and brakes will be identical to the upcoming GTI. 18-inch wheels should still be offered as standard while a lowered suspension will be in place.
There is still no word on the exterior modifications the car will receive. However, it seems that it will still look like Golf in the front. This time around though we expect a more modern design, similar to what the latest Passat has. This new front end will be later adopted by the Golf 8 which should hit the market a few months after the Jetta does.
However, an interesting fact about the new Jetta is going to be its interior. Many people said that the car would have the same interior as the current Golf. This is rather strange considering the exterior modifications, but it is a practice used in the past by VW. The car will get the same dashboard as the Golf, but it will likely get a new instrument cluster, better features as well as a slightly raised driving position. Without a doubt Jetta is a better option for those that are looking for luxury and this entry level sedan has a lot to offer.
The engines of the Jetta should be pretty much identical to those found in the Golf. However, the 2017 VW Jetta GLI will come with a single 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four petrol unit. At its core, it will be identical to the regular Golf GTI. However, because the Jetta will be slightly softer, the engine is expected to offer slightly less power. Rumors suggest an output of around 210 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque that is going to be routed to the front wheels.
A 6-speed manual should be offered as standard in some markets while others, like the US, will likely get a Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic which is also going to be offered as an option in the rest of the World. In contrast, the GTI is expected to make closer to 270 horsepower to allow it to compete with the future Focus ST.