Volkswagen of America has finally announced pricing for the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid, set to be the most fuel-efficient Jetta in the line-up.

Jetta Hybrids will start at $24,995, with the higher-specification SE models priced at $26,990.

That means the Hybrid starts at $2,005 more than the base-model Jetta TDI, though with estimated combined fuel economy of 45 mpg, its combined EPA mileage could be as much as 11 mpg better than the diesel.

VW's hybrid showcases the best of the company's technology, with 170-horsepower available from the combined efforts of 1.4-liter direct-injection turbocharged engine, and electric motor.

It will also be the first hybrid on sale to utilize a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and VW is predicting respectable performance--0-60 mph should be around the 9-second mark.

Drivers can run on electric power alone up to 44 miles per hour, with an EV range of around 1.2 miles.

Volkswagen now boasts five different powertrains in the Jetta range, from the new 1.4-liter hybrid, through 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter naturally aspirated gasoline variants, a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, and the ubiquitous 2.0-liter TDI diesel.

It remains to be seen whether the Jetta Hybrid will match the TDI's impressive real-world economy figures when the car hits the streets, but for those put off by the cost and characteristics of diesel--or those who prioritize city driving over freeways--the Hybrid will no doubt find a few fans.

The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid goes on sale in the last quarter of 2012.


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