2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid unveiled [videos]

Volkswagen has introduced the 2013 Jetta Hybrid at the North American International Auto Show.

Billed as the world's fastest compact hybrid, the model uses a turbocharged 1.4-liter petrol engine with 150 hp (112 kW / 152 PS) and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm) of torque. It is backed up by a 27 hp (20 kW / 27 PS) electric motor which is powered by a 1.1 kWh battery. This gives the car a combined maximum output of 170 hp (127 kW / 172 PS) which enables the sedan to accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than 9.0 seconds and average approximately 45 mpg US (5.2 L/100km / 54.0 mpg UK). Additionally, the car can travel up to 1.2 miles (1.9 km) on electricity alone at speeds up to 44 mph (71 km/h).

Besides the aforementioned equipment, the car also has an engine start/stop system, regenerative brakes and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Despite all these changes, the car only weighs 221 lbs (100 kg) more than the standard model.

In terms of styling, the hybrid is distinguished by a new front bumper, a rear diffuser and a trunk-mounted spoiler. There's also a unique grille, hybrid badging and 15-inch alloy wheels with low-rolling resistance tires.

Inside, the cabin has a unique instrument cluster (with hybrid-specific gauges / displays) and Bluetooth connectivity. Options include heated front seats, a Fender audio system and GPS navigation.

The 2013 Jetta Hybrid will be launched in the United States later this year and it will be "competitively priced."

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Motor show Detroit Auto Show
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Article type Hybrid
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