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The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid sedan was never going to match the 50-mpg combined fuel economy rating of this year's mileage champ, the Toyota Prius.
When the new Jetta Hybrid was unveiled at January's Detroit Auto Show, VW executives predicted a combined rating around 45 mpg.
According to today's reports from a drive event, the hybrid Jetta still hasn't been officially rated by the EPA.
The car will be, its maker promises, a whole lot more fun to drive than the Prius.
Tomorrow, we'll find out whether that's true. We'll be driving Volkswagen's first mass-market hybrid car--so this is your chance to give your questions before we do so.
Drop the things you want to know into a Comment, below, and we'll try to get answers to them either from VW executives or during the drive itself.
The new hybrid sedan is the third version of VW Group's hybrid system, which is fitted to a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 (in the Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid and Porsche Cayenne Hybrid) and a 2.0-liter four (in the upcoming Audi Q5 Hybrid).
The Jetta Hybrid uses a 150-horsepower, 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine--the smallest ever fitted to a Jetta in the U.S. market--plus a 20-kW (27-hp) thin electric motor system mounted between the engine and transmission.
Power is sent through the automaker's seven-speed DSG (dual-clutch) automated gearbox.
For Volkswagen buyers, the hybrid offers another way to get high fuel economy--in addition to the company's lineup of TDI diesel models.
We're hoping the company will have a Jetta TDI to test against the new Jetta Hybrid. Meanwhile, which one would you choose?
The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid will arrive at dealers late this year, with a base price of $24,995.