The new Jetta Hybrid uses a turbocharged gasoline engine mated to a zero-emissions electric motor with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission allowing acceleration of 0-60 mph in less than 9.0 seconds and achieving an estimated combined fuel economy figure of 45 mpg. The Jetta Hybrid can be driven in pure electric mode at speeds of up to 44 mph. The downsized four-cylinder engine develops 150 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. 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 and weighs less than 80 lb. The battery consists of 60 individual cells with a combined energy capacity of 5 Ah. 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.
Three trims will be offered for the Jetta Hybrid. Standard features include Bluetooth® technology, LED taillights, SiriusXM® satellite radio, special 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and a unique Hybrid body kit and badging. Available premium features will include bi-xenon headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights, a power driver's seat, heatable front seats, the RNS 315 navigation system, a rear-view camera and Volkswagen's exclusive Fender® Premium Audio System. The 2013 Jetta Hybrid will launch in the North American market at the end of 2012.