We've been waiting for the GLI to be added to the Jetta lineup ever since VW's most important model was redesigned this year. The Jetta accounts for 40% of VW's sales in the U.S., so the addition of the GLI and its 2.0L turbo four-cylinder with FSI direct injection that produces 200 hp is huge news and will hopefully give sales of the new Jetta a shot in the arm. With its six-speed manual the GLI will reach 60 mph in 6.7 seconds. Better news is the availability of the oh-so-sweet DSG six-speed transmission. Different styling cues including a black honeycomb grille, GLI badging, and large 18-inch alloy wheels that look like they're sourced from company-owned Lamborghini differentiate the new GLI from standard Jetta fare. This will be the top of the line Jetta as there are no plans to drop in a detuned version of the VR6 available in the new Passat or the new R32 motor. Pricing was not announced, but we expect it to be in the mid-$20K range.

More quality pics from VW after the jump.

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