Leaked Volkswagen patent filings have turned up a new model from the German automaker that was already assumed to be headed to production: the Jetta Coupe. Technically known as the New Compact Coupe, there’s no denying the resemblance to the newly released 2011 Jetta sedan and the New Compact Coupe that debuted earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show.
The new Jetta was designed to appeal to a U.S. audience and with the Golf only offered in hatch form (sadly VW doesn’t sell the Scirocco here), there’s need of a coupe model to compete with the likes of the Honda Civic.
When it does arrive, expect as many as four engine options including a 138-hp TDI engine, a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine making 113-hp, a 2.5-liter five-cylinder gasoline engine with 168-hp and a top-tier 2.0 TSI engine with 197-hp.
VW is also preparing to deliver electric and hybrid versions of the new Jetta, although its not clear if the coupe will get these alternative powerplants. Shown in concept form, the hybrid engine is a 1.4-liter TSI motor with 148-hp and 177 ft-lbs with an electric motor, 7-speed DSG gearbox and a rating of 45 mpg.
GALLERY: VW New Compact Coupe (Jetta Coupe) Patent Sketches