Report: Volkswagen Showing Jetta Hybrid, EV Concept at Detroit Show

Volkswagen is reportedly readying two green concepts for next month’s Detroit Auto Show, according to the Detroit Free Press. Volkswagen’s first concept will be an electric car, while its second will be a Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid.

Volkswagen’s first concept will be all-electric and is described by the Free Press (and confirmed by VW) as “Beetle-esque.” What that means, we’re not exactly sure. We’re expecting a small electric car that’s bigger than VW’s E-Up! concept from 2009’s Frankfurt Motor Show. This Beetle-esque concept will likely carry many Beetle design cues like rounded wheel arches and a similar profile. The electric motor will likely power the front wheels though the Beetle fans in us can’t help but wish for rear-engine and rear-drive like the original Beetle. Hey, if Mitsubishi can do it with the i, why not Volkswagen?

The second concept Volkswagen will be showing off is a Jetta hybrid. VW described this concept to us as, “production oriented,” but didn’t divulge any further details. The Free Press reports that the Jetta hybrid will be powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged I-4 that’s coupled to an electric motor. Volkswagen told the Free Press that it’s aiming to challenge the Toyota Prius’ hybrid domination with the Jetta hybrid, which is expected to reach production and hit showrooms in November 2012.

We’ll have more for you in Detroit early next month.

Source: Volkswagen, The Detroit Free Press


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