November 2, 2012
by CAR staff
AJAX, ONTARIO–Volkswagen has announced the arrival of the newest member of the Jetta family, the 2013 Jetta Hybrid.
When it reaches Canadian dealerships this winter, the Jetta Hybrid will become the world’s first turbocharged car equipped with an electric hybrid drive.
The Jetta Hybrid has already set two world speed records on the flats of the Bonneville Speedway in Utah. In production trim, the car will accelerate from zero to sixty miles per hour in just 8.6 seconds.
Inside, the most noticeable difference with the hybrid model comes on the dashboard, where specially designed gauges have been engineered to provide the driver with all of the data necessary to promote the most efficient manner of driving possible. The Jetta Hybrid’s “Power Meter” replaces the traditional tachometer and shows the driver’s present-state level of driving efficiency.
Further information is provided by the car’s “ePower meter”, also located within the instrument cluster, and the main radio/navigation screen, which can also display the drive condition.
Combining the 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a 27HP electric motor defines the car as a hybrid. The result is an elegant balance of power, efficiency and cleanliness. The direct-injected engine is not only compact and lightweight, but extremely powerful, producing a total of 150HP. The electric drive is powered by a compact battery pack.
All of the power is routed through a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG). Fans of Volkswagen’s GTI and TDI models will be familiar with this type of transmission, which combines the quick shifting and fuel economy of a manual, with the ease and convenience of an automatic.
From startup, the Jetta Hybrid can be driven in pure electric mode at speeds up to 70 kmh. In times of need, for either charging or additional power, the Jetta’s gasoline engine is engaged smoothly and seamlessly by the vehicle’s start-stop system. The gasoline engine provides the necessary energy to not only propel the vehicle, but also to recharge the hybrid system’s battery pack. A further source of energy for the hybrid drive is the vehicle’s regenerative braking system, which converts the kinetic energy of braking into electricity.
The Jetta Hybrid will be available in three levels of trim: Trendline, Comfortline and Highline, each reflecting a level of equipment desired by Canadian car buyers.
When the newest Jetta hits showrooms, it will be the only car available with a choice of gasoline engines, a TDI Clean Diesel and the turbocharged-electric Hybrid, giving Canadian consumers an unprecedented selection of powertrains in award-winning package.
The Jetta Hybrid will be priced from $27,875.