Volkswagen NCC Shares Vision of a Future Compact Hybrid
VW’s NCC (New Compact Coupe) Hybrid makes a statement with its elegant profile accented by an aggressive front end, low and wide stance, and 19-inch wheels. It also casts an eye toward the future with an innovative use of the automaker’s advanced TSI gasoline engine technology combined with electric drive.
The NCC’s 1.4-liter TSI turbocharged and intercooled gas engine provides 150 horsepower and 177 lb-ft. of torque on its own, with the electric motor contributing an additional 27 hp and instant torque. This brings brisk 0-60 acceleration in 8.1 seconds with a top speed of 141 mph.
The sleek coupe is designed to operate exclusively on electric power at times and also add boost to the engine during acceleration. Drag losses are minimized by decoupling the TSI engine from the drivetrain while operating on electric power and also while coasting.
Power is directed through a seven-speed Direct Shift Gearbox. Regenerative braking is integrated to allow power to be routed back to the car’s lithium-ion batteries during deceleration and braking. All this brings a combined fuel economy rating of 45 mpg, according to Volkswagen.
Volkswagen’s NCC provides a glimpse of what this automaker has in mind for a future compact hybrid model. While clean diesels are the primary emphasis in VW’s approach to higher efficiency at present, change is afoot as the automaker is working to add more diverse hybrid and electric powered vehicles to its portfolio.