Volkswagen of American launched the 2013 Jetta Hybrid at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. The new Jetta Hybrid is considered to be one of the most efficient vehicles on the market right now, with the fuel efficient and environment-friendly combination of high-tech turbo petrol engine and zero-emission electric motor. Meanwhile, Volkswagen's 7-speed DSG, which is one of the most efficient and most advanced gearboxes around, manages the sporty saloon's power transmission.
After the Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid, the Jetta Hybrid is the second VW model to have a drive module under its bonnet containing a petrol engine as well as an electric motor, which combine to bring you the lowest fuel consumption values and superior overall performance. More specifically, the new Jetta Hybrid delivers a very low fuel economy value (45 mpg), which means that the car uses up 20% less fuel than other similarly powered cars equipped with a conventional drive system.
You can also choose to drive the new Jetta Hybrid in electric mode with one press of a button, allowing for zero emissions at up to 44 mph speed and over a 1.3-mile distance.
What's more, the Jetta Hybrid is exceptionally quiet and comfortable, thanks to a refined and very advanced TSI (turbo petrol engine), a newly designed exhaust system, thicker windows, an acoustic windshield, and other measures that make it Volkswagen's quietest car offered in its class.
Additionally, the 1.4-liter TSI turbo petrol engine that the carmaker is using for the first time in its Jetta Hybrid has won various awards, including the prestigious "Engine of the Year" in 2011.
Aside from the pure efficiency, the car also boasts cutting-edge battery technology, a fast dual-clutch gearbox, and batter regeneration mode. It also features new instruments, where all the relevant operating states are displayed. The driver can call up relevant information through the menus for the instruments.
Under 'Hybrid,' you can see the currently active drive mode displayed in the form of an energy flow diagram, with the flow's direction shown as arrows. You can also see the battery charge status here. Directly below the flow diagram is the ePower meter, which shows the electric motor's relative power. This ePower meter is only activated when you are in 'electric driving,' 'Boost' and 'E-mode' operating modes.
Meanwhile, the power meter indicates the power source of the hybrid drive. It features a multifunctional display in place of the tachometer and it is integrated on the instrument cluster's left side. It informs you of the Jetta Hybrid's momentary operating state: 'Ready,' which means a general readiness to drive; 'Charge' for battery regeneration; 'Eco' for eco-friendly driving mode; 'Boost' for boosting; or 'Off' for internal combustion engine driving using the TSI. In addition, the instruments also indicate 'E-mode' for electric driving, whether it is manually or on automatic.
There is also an audio system display. And there is a 'Zero Emissions' menu that gives you a graphic display of the driving time with no emissions. The display indicates the zero emissions values through percentages in bar diagram form, wherein the interval of one bar is equivalent to one minute of driving.