Report: Volkswagen Jetta R will be built, if the market wants it

Article by Christian A., on November 5, 2010

As part of a move to expand its R performance range, Volkswagen will use its new, sixth-generation Jetta saloon, according to the latest reports from Autocar.

In fact, VW displayed a version equipped with a 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine with an “unspecified” power output at the Mk6 Jetta’s European launch in Munich last week.

This engine is mated to a six-speed DSG gearbox and its 4Motion all-wheel drive system. Earlier this year, VW’s R division was spun off as a separate in-house company.

This is similar to what transpired with the BMW’s M unit. VW is intent on developing a vehicle that follows the Golf R and Scirocco R models.

The other models being developed at the R division include the Polo R, following Audi’s news that it will re-engineer the Polo/A1 platform for four-wheel drive – which the platform was previously unable to accommodate.

According to VW’s R&D chief, Ulrich Hackenberg, a Jetta R is being assessed and that it will be produced if there is a customer demand for it. But considering the popularity of V6 sports saloons in the US (Jetta’s key market), this is almost a sure thing. Hackenberg added that it won’t be a problem since the “Jetta’s platform can take four-wheel drive.”

Volkswagen of America is introducing the new Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid, which is expected to be one of the most efficient vehicles available in the market. As a hybrid vehicle, the new Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid makes use of a combination of a turbo petrol TSI engine that delivers 110 kW (150 PS) and an electric motor that generates 20 kW emissions-free. Power is sent from the hybrid drive to the wheels through an efficient seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

With this amount of power, the new VW Jetta Hybrid could sprint dynamically from zero to 60 mph in below nine seconds while returning 45 miles per gallon on a combined cycle. These figures mean that the new VW Jetta Hybrid uses up 20 percent less fuel than a conventionally powered car with comparable amount of output and torque.

Just by a single push of a button, the new Jetta Hybrid could be operated in zero-emission pure electric mode at speeds of up to 44 mph and up to 1.3 miles, depending on operating conditions and terrain.

Actually, the Jetta Hybrid isn’t the first model from VW to be powered by hybrid drive – a combination of a petrol engine and an electric motor. But just like the first model to feature such drive – the Touareg Hybrid – the Jetta Hybrid – offers considerable performance and high levels of fuel efficiency. Moreover, the Jetta Hybrid is the quietest VW model in this class, thanks to the employment of a much refined TSI engine and an acoustic windshield, as well as thicker side windows on the front and a newly designed exhaust system.

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