2022 Volkswagen GLI Preview, Pricing, Photos, Release Date

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - August 31, 2021

Model Preview

In 2019, Volkswagen revealed the seventh-generation Jetta, which featured a sharper body, new engine options, and an upgraded, albeit still toned-down, interior. The 2022 Jetta GLI and its less-exciting VW Jetta sibling will arrive with a refreshed body and upgraded tech. Here's a preview of what to expect.

On the outside, the 2022 Jetta GLI will gain revised bits and pieces. Starting up front, the new Jetta GLI will get a new bumper and grille with two distinct chrome bars with red accents flanking the VW emblem. Around back, the 2022 GLI will gain a new bumper, a black honeycomb diffuser, and a wider dual exhaust.

The 2022 Jetta will also get three new color options: Kings Red Metallic, Oryx White Metallic, and Rising Blue Metallic.

Inside, the 2022 Jetta GLI will come standard with a 10-inch digital gauge cluster, the MIB3 infotainment system, wireless charging, and wireless App-Connect. It will also include standard Volkswagen Car-Net with in-car Wi-Fi capability. Setting the GLI interior apart from the standard Jetta will be red contrast stitching throughout the interior and perforated leather seats with red underlay.

Under its hood, the 2022 Jetta GLI will continue with the same 2.0-liter EA888 turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will deliver 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Gear shifting duties will be handled by a standard six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Front-wheel drive will remain the only drive option. These figures are lower than the upcoming GTI redesign.

VW will continue offering its IQ.DRIVE safety suit on all 2022 Jetta models. This suite will include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, active blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, and more. Lower-tier trims will have IQ.DRIVE as an option, but mid-level trims and higher will come standard with it.

Pricing & Release Date

Volkswagen expects to have the 2022 Jetta GLI in showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Pricing remains unconfirmed, but we expect a slight increase from the current MSRP range of $28,140 to $31,828 (destination fees included).

This compact sedan will compete with the Kia Forte GT, Hyundai Elantra N, and Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo.

Pictured: 2022 Volkswagen GLI

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