Detroit, Michigan – The 2013 VW Jetta Hybrid, the world’s first hybrid to use a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, was unveiled at the Detroit auto show on Monday. It’s powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged gasoline powerplant that develops 150 horsepower combined with a 20-kW (27-hp) electric motor. According to VW, the Jetta Hybrid has a class-leading 0-60 mph time of less than 9.0 seconds and delivers estimated combined city/hwy fuel economy of 5.2 L/100 km (54 mpg Imperial). The Jetta Hybrid can be driven in pure electric mode at speeds of up to 70 km/h (44 mph) and for up to 2 km (1.2 miles) depending on operating conditions. A lithium-ion battery supplies the energy to the electric motor. The compact 220-volt, 1.1 kWh battery is integrated behind the rear bench seat.
Power goes to the front wheels via a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission. As in the Touareg Hybrid SUV, the Jetta Hybrid features a clutch that decouples the gasoline engine from the drivetrain when in pure electric drive or coasting modes.
The 2013 Jetta Hybrid will launch in the North American market at the end of 2012.