Volkswagen reveals Jetta Hybrid

Volkswagen has unveiled a Jetta Hybrid model ahead of its début at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show later this week.

Power for the Jetta comes from a 1.4 L turbocharged TSI petrol engine that develops 110 kW (148 hp) and 250 Nm (184 lb/ft) of torque, which is backed up by a 20 kW (27 hp) zero-emissions electric motor. Using electric power alone, speeds of up to 70 km/h (44 mph) are achievable and a range of two kilometres (1.3 miles) can be covered.

With both units in action fuel consumption is improved by around 20 per cent compared to equivalent petrol-powered vehicle at 45 mpg US (around 54 mpg Imperial or 5.2 L/100 km). A sub-9 second 0-60 mph time is also possible.

When the driver releases the accelerator pedal at higher speeds, up to 135 km/h (84 mph) the engine is decoupled, which in turn reduces drag torque losses and enhances fuel efficiency. Under braking, the Jetta Hybrid switches to a battery regeneration mode. This decouples the engine and uses the electric motor as a generator.

The Jetta Hybrid will be launched in North America this November.

[Source: Volkswagen]

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