Volkswagen has started to take advance orders for the new Jetta Hybrid in Germany. Volkswagen considers the saloon as one of its most successful model series. The Jetta is considered one of the top-selling models of all German automakers in the U.S. The new Jetta Hybrid is being launched as a model that depends on the potent combination of a TSI turbocharged petrol direct-injection engine (110 kW / 150 PS) and an electric motor (20 kW / 27 PS).
Driving performance is outstanding with the use of the turbo hybrid’s system power of 125 kW / 170 PS. Nevertheless, the new Jetta Hybrid has reached a low fuel consumption value of only 4.1 litres per 100 km with CO2 emissions of just 95 g/km.
The 210 km/h saloon could then consume around 20% lower fuel than a conventional vehicle with a similar size and power. In all-electric driving, the Jetta Hybrid can cover 2 km with only one press of a button. Furthermore, the hybrid system instantly shifts to the zero emissions electric mode when possible.
The driver is informed of the status of the system via an energy flow indicator. Power is transmitted to the front axle via a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The Jetta Hybrid is available in two equipment versions: Comfortline and Highline.
The two models can be recognized by their distinct hybrid features. The Jetta Hybrid Comfortline has other distinguishing exterior elements: an independent radiator grille, LED tail lights and badges with blue backgrounds, special side sills, a rear roof spoiler, revised rear bumper and a set of Lexington 15-inch alloy wheels in hybrid-specific design. For the interior, the hybrid design is expressed in customized accents and decor strips as well as specially developed seat upholstery.
It has other standard features, including: the RCD 510 Radio-CD system with digital radio reception (DAB+) and energy flow indicator, multifunction display “Plus”, a leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel, automatic climate control and the ParkPilot parking assistant.
The Jetta Hybrid Highline has more standard features such as the bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, fog lights, 17-inch alloy wheels (“Buenos Aires”), “Premium” multifunctional display and the winter package. The new Jetta Hybrid will start to be available in the middle of April 2013. Prices begin at 31,300 euros in Germany.
There are no emissions when driving with an electric engine. At the point when the battery pack of the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid is adequately charged, the Volkswagen can be driven up to 1.3 miles in full electric mode and thus discharging no significant emissions. The Jetta Hybrid is either automatically changed to electric drive mode (up to 37 mph), or will have its E-mode button manually activated by having its gear shift lever pushed to the right side (up to 44 mph).
In both instances, a decoupling clutch withdraws the TSI from the drivetrain, thus diminishing energy utilization and building electric driving range. Around a third of the fuel-saving capability in the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid is activated by electric driving.
Charging the battery by regeneration. When braking, the Jetta Hybrid is switched to a battery recovery mode, which generates kinetic energy and stores it as electrical energy. This is the principle behind this phenomenon: When the gas pedal is released to brake, the drag torque losses are reduced and the engine is disengaged by the opening of the decoupling clutch. As soon as the brake pedal is activated, the electric motor’s generating power is increased and the electrical energy that is created is then transmitted and stored in the battery. This battery regeneration effect represents another fuel economy function of the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid.
When driving around the city, the TSI is noise-free at whatever point conceivable. The gas motor of the Volkswagen is shut down when the car stops in any circumstance, given that the battery is adequately charged and the driver likewise presses the brake pedal. In any case, the heating or the air conditioning system and the entertainment features continue to function.