During the last few months, there has been a lot of talk about Volkswagen’s new compact coupe (cleverly codenamed NCC), which will be made for the North American market and wear the Jetta badge.
Now, things can finally calm down and we can stop obsessing over sketches, as VW revealed its New Compact Coupe ahead of its Detroit Auto Show debut which will take place in a few hours. Although it appears to be a concept as of yet, the new model might reach the VW’s production facility in the US next year and transform into a Jetta coupe.
The concept shown is a hybrid, based on the Golf/Jetta platform, and does have quite a lot of styling cues taken from the Audi A4/A5, especially in terms of the rear. In the front, it looks quite upmarket, a major step up from the current Jetta design.
Under the bonnet, the NCC has a 1.4-liter TSI (aka turbocharged) four-cylinder engine, which develops 150 HP and 177 lb-ft (220 Nm) of torque, which will be joined by a an electric motor outputting 27 HP, powered by a lithium-ion battery. What’s even more interesting is that the setup is a full hybrid one, meaning the electric motor is capable of powering the NCC alone, during which the TSI engine is completely turned off, to prevent any drag effect.
The performance figures are pretty decent, especially in terms of a hybrid, with the NCC going from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in around 8.6 seconds, and up to 141 mph (227 km/h). It will also output 98 g/km of CO2 and average around 45 mpg (4.2 liters/100 km).
Overall, the Volkswagen New Compact Coupe hybrid concept checks every box, combining adequate performance, with a pretty good design and, most importantly, great efficiency. Hopefully we will see the new car on the road as soon as possible.