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The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI has been revealed for the US market sporting minimal changes on both the outside and in – completely understandable when one considers that the MY2015 Jetta GLI received quite the update itself. On the outside, the sedan cousin to the Golf GTI hatch sports a refreshed front fascia.

A subtly revised front end, consisting of a honeycomb grille featuring the trademark red horizontal stripe, and redesigned fog light assemblies are to most obvious changes. In profile, the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI receives 18-inch ‘Mallory’ wheels while changes on the rear end include the adoption of a new rear bumper with a diffuser-like element. A pair of chrome-tipped exhaust outlets complete the list of exterior updates.

Under the bonnet, the updated Jetta GLI soldiers on with the same 2.0 litre, turbocharged four-cylinder mill from its Golf GTI sibling. Said mill puts out a total of 210 hp and 280 Nm of torque – transmission options include a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

On the inside, the 2016 Jetta GLI receives Volkswagen’s MIB II infotainment system as standard. Said system incorporates the full suite of USB and Car-Net connectivity – the latter is an app-based platform that allows owners to retrieve data on the vehicle when driven by someone else, summon roadside assistance and, if need be, issue an automatic crash notification.

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Also new for 2016 is the standard inclusion of Automatic Post-Collision Braking system. Said safety system activates the brakes following an initial collision to help shed leftover momentum which could result in a secondary impact. Two trim lines are available, the Jetta GLI SE and SEL.

The base SE variant is equipped as standard with LED taillights, keyless entry with start-stop, Climatronic automatic dual-zone air-conditioning, a sunroof, six-way powered driver seat, reverse camera, front and rear parking sensors, auto wipers and headlamps, heated seats and a Fender Premium Audio System.

The costlier SEL variant adds on navigation, Blind Spot Detection with rear traffic alert and Bi-Xenon headlights with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS). The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is expected to hit the market in the third quarter of 2015 with prices touted to remain more or less the same.

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