Refreshed Volkswagen Jetta and Jetta GLI Announced


For the 2022 model year, Volkswagen Canada will launch a refreshed Jetta family with new technology and styling to elevate both the value-oriented Jetta and the sporty Jetta GLI.

“The Jetta has consistently delivered the value, safety and fun-to-drive characteristics Canadians want in a sedan,” said Pierre Boutin, president of Volkswagen Canada. “The 2022 models up the ante with a fresh design, better technology, and more access to the driver assistance features buyers are looking for. The GLI model goes one step further, giving enthusiasts a great option for a classic, affordable, European-designed sport sedan.”

The refreshed Jetta adopts the 1.5-litre turbocharged and direct-injection EA211 engine found in the recently launched Taos compact SUV. Making 158 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, the powerplant features Volkswagen’s modified version of the Miller cycle, where the intake valves are closed early in the induction stroke to help with fuel economy and has a very high compression ratio of up to 11.5 to one. This results in ample low- speed torque and excellent fuel economy. The engine is mated to a six- speed manual or a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.

Key features of the EA211, revised from the previous generation Jetta, include:

  • APS coated cylinder liners—whereby iron powder is plasma coated onto the cylinder block—that reduce friction between the cylinder liner and piston rings.
  • A map-controlled cooling module that warms the engine more quickly than the previous EA211 by controlling water flow in different parts of the engine for improved efficiency.
  • Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG). One of the first volume-production turbochargers with this technology in the North American Region, this turbo is more efficient and provides higher boost pressure.
  • A high-pressure injection system with up to 350 bar — raised from 200 bar — which produces better atomization of the fuel/air mixture, a shorter injection time, optimized mixture formation, and lower particulate emissions.

The Jetta GLI is powered by the 2.0-litre EA888 engine, producing 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission is optional.

The 2022 Jetta will be offered in Trendline, Comfortline and Highline trim levels, with an available Sport Package on the Comfortline trim. The GLI will be offered in one fully loaded trim.

The new Jetta family is expected to reach Canadian dealers in the fourth quarter of 2021.