Already revealed at the recent Detroit Motor Show, Volkswagen will soon hit the market with the Jetta hybrid vehicle which was spied being tested at -20°C (-4°F) recently.

Already revealed at the recent Detroit Auto Show, Volkswagen will soon hit the market with the Jetta Hybrid vehicle which was spotted being tested at -20°C (-4°F) recently.

Equipped with a battery big enough to move the gas-electric vehicle up to speeds of 70 km/h (43 mph) using nothing but electrons, the new Volkswagen Jetty Hybrid boasts a combined estimated fuel efficiency rating of 45 mpg US (5.2 L/100km; 54.0 mpg UK). If you're concerned about performance, the Jetta Hybrid achieves a class-leading 0-100 km/h time of 9.0 seconds.

Of course, with only 1.1 kilowatt hour in the battery pack, you won't get very far on battery power alone (just 2 kilometers) not to mention all of those electrons come from energy that was originally gasoline since this is not a plug-in hybrid. However, it's still enough of an electric powertrain for VW to call the Jetta Hybrid the "most fuel-efficient Jetta in the lineup."

The hybrid pairs up a four-cylinder 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine producing 150 hp (112 kW / 152 PS) and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm) of torque with a 20 kW electric motor.

Although this Jetta is VW's second hybrid, after the Touareg Hybrid, the Jetta Hybrid may be the first hybrid to use a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Exterior changes include a new front bumper, a rear diffuser and a trunk-mounted spoiler, and for another first on a Jetta - Xenon headlights. There's also a unique grille, hybrid badging and 15-inch alloy wheels with low-rolling resistance tires.

The Jetta Hybrid will become available sometime this year and will be "competitively priced with other compact hybrids," VW states.

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid first look on the road