Volkswagen has unveiled one of their newest vehicle models that will be sold in the US this year at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and this is the new Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid. The Jetta Hybrid’s debut in Detroit also marks the company’s intention of selling this model in different parts of the world where they operate. Since the new Jetta model is a hybrid, this is expected to deliver better fuel economy compared to its conventional gas-powered siblings.
According to Volkswagen, the new Jetta Hybrid’s powertrain is using a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that produces up to 150 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. In addition to this, Volkswagen has also installed a 27-horsepower electric motor on the vehicle and a 1.1 kWh battery found on the Jetta Hybrid’s rear bench. The power generated by the engine and the electric motor is delivered by a 7-speed dual clutch DSG transmission into the vehicle’s front wheels.
In addition to this, Volkswagen has also revealed that the Jetta Hybrid is using the company’s parallel hybrid system just like the VW Touareg Hybrid. This system utilizes a decoupling clutch that is capable of disengaging the gasoline engine to allow the vehicle to run on pure electric mode. The decoupling clutch also disengages the engine when the vehicle is coasting or braking. Due to this, the Jetta Hybrid could actually travel a distance of up to 1.3 miles at a speed of 44 miles per hour by using the electrical power from its battery.
Aside from the hybrid components added on the vehicle, the new Jetta Hybrid still looks the same as its conventional gas-powered siblings. However, Volkswagen has made a few modifications on the vehicle’s exterior design to improve its performance given the fact that this version is using a hybrid powertrain. This includes the installation of a front spoiler, a rear diffuser, and a spoiler on the rear. These add-ons were installed to improve the vehicle’s aerodynamics.