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Billed as the world’s fastest compact hybrid, 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid was finally published at the North American International Auto Show. According to the Detroit Free Press, Volkswagen said that the Jetta Hybrid is “meant to directly challenge the Toyota Prius’ dominance of the U.S. hybrid market.”
Under the hood, a turbocharged 1.4-liter petrol engine with 150 hp (112 kW / 152 PS) and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm) of torque. The hybrid system adds a 27 horsepower electric motor and a 1.1 kWh, 220-volt lithium-ion battery behind the rear seat. Apparently, that also allows to be the fastest compact hybrid in-class with its 0-60 mph acceleration expected to take less than 9.0 seconds. 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).
In terms of styling, the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid exterior modifications are limited. Distinguished by a new front bumper, rear diffuser and rear spoiler help it cheat the wind to a Cd about 10 percent lower than normal. In addition, special 15-inch alloy wheels ride on low rolling resistance tires and a new unique grille.
On the interior, options include heated front seats, a rear-view camera and Volkswagen’s exclusive Fender Premium Audio System, SiriusXM satellite radio. A power meter replaces the tachometer to show drive modes like Ready, Charge, Eco, Boost and Off.
In addition, standard safety equipment for all Jetta models includes electronic stability control, antilock brakes, and six airbags. The 2013 VW Jetta Hybrid will be price in the United States later this year.
Photo 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid