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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
Without the media-day crowds of bigger shows, the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto allows for some pretty-incredible access to important new vehicles – like Volkswagen’s New Compact Coupe NCC) Concept. There’s no new news about the NCC hybrid, which debuted six weeks ago at the Detroit Auto Show, using a 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder making 148-hp and 177 ft-lbs of torque along with a 27-hp electric motor. When combined with VW’s 7-speed DSG transmission, the NCC gets an impressive 45 mpg. Acceleration isn’t exactly impressive at 8.1 seconds to 60 mph.
At the Toronto show we were able to get a much closer look at this concept car, including a peak inside to look at its exquisitely tailored interior, large hybrid information screen and near-production package. That’s right, while the NCC might just be a concept it’s likely to be very similar to the coupe version of Volkswagen’s upcoming compact sedan. While VW has yet to even come close to confirming anything (heck, they barely admit they have a new compact car coming to replace the Jetta), its possible that the German automaker will deliver a hybrid version like the NCC as well as a high-performance model similar to the 265-hp Golf R.
In the mean time, browse through the gallery below, especially at the NCC’s incredible interior.
GALLERY: Volkswagen New Compact Coupe (NCC) Concept
Hybrid VW coupe gets 45 mpg
Volkswagen is showcasing what it calls the New Compact Coupe (NCC) at the Detroit Auto Show. A stylish looking VW, this Jetta-sized model is actually a hybrid. A 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder makes 148-hp and 177 ft-lbs of torque and is mated to a 27-hp electric motor. When combined with VW’s 7-speed DSG transmission, the NCC gets an impressive 45 mpg. Acceleration isn’t exactly impressive at 8.1 seconds to 60 mph, but that’s better than initial reports about the Honda CR-Z have indicated.
The car hasn’t officially been unveiled yet, but after the embargo was broken we decided t run with this story. VW’s press conference is later today and we’ll be sure to bring you any details on if this sporty hybrid coupe is headed to production.
GALLERY: Volkswagen New Compact Coupe
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