For the past couple decades, when Volkswagen releases a new Jetta sedan, it means a performance-themed GLI version won’t be too far behind. But with the sixth-generation Jetta getting bigger and softer for the U.S., inquiring minds want to know if the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI, which is debuting at the 2011 Chicago auto show, will get softer as well.

Redesigned for 2011, the Jetta has creased if innocuous styling and more interior space. To keep the price low, VW has pulled some cost out of the Jetta, which can be seen in the shiny interior plastics, rear drum brakes (some models), and the weak base four-cylinder engine.

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