Sacrilege! All GTIs must have plaid seats. It's in the Magna Carta or something.
I think they could easily bring this to the states with the 2.0t (no need for the twin-charger...we don't have displacement or CO2 taxation here). They should have done it 6-8 year ago before the subcompact market took off, thanks to Fit and Yaris and Versa and others. As usual VW is either way too far ahead of the US market (eg Phaeton), or moronically lagging behind (eg Polo).