The VW Jetta Hybrid has been launched at the LA Motor Show.
VW’s second U.S. hybrid after the Touareg is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline TSI engine with direct injection that has an output of 147HP and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque mated to a 20 kW (27HP) electric motor.
A decoupling clutch integrated between the two drives disengages the internal combustion engine when necessary, while a 7-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission transfers power to the front wheels.
The 60-cell, 1.1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack weighs just 35.8 kg (78 pounds) and, thanks to its compact dimensions, is integrated behind the rear seats resulting in no compromise in space. It has its own management system that performs diagnostic, safety and temperature controls and, when needed, actuates a cooling fan than ensures the battery operates within its optimal parameters.
Very much like the Touareg, the Jetta is a parallel hybrid. It can operate on electric power alone for a distance up to 1.3 miles (2 km) either automatically (up to 37 mph – 60 km/h) or manually, by pressing the E-mode button next to the gear lever (up to 44 mph – 70 km/h).