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Volkswagen Twin Up! Concept With The XL1 Diesel-Hybrid

Volkswagen Twin Up! Concept With The XL1 Diesel-Hybrid

Volkswagen Twin Up! Concept With The XL1 Diesel-Hybrid
November 27
12:30 2013

The VW XL1 has been the most futuristic project of the German manufacturer. The Volkswagen Twin Up! now receives the complete powertrain of this strange two-seater, known to have an extremely low fuel consumption of only 1 liter per 100 kilometers.

We already know the Twin Up!: it is a very small, yet agile and quality built hatchback with four seats, ideal for crowded cities. The Twin Up! has already several interesting engines, but the diesel-hybrid powertrain of the XL1 takes it to a whole new level.

With the two-cylinder, 800cc diesel engine and with a small, 35kW electric motor the Twin Up! consumes only a bit more than the XL1. 1,5 liters per 100 km is remarkable for a standard car that can transport in relative comfort up to four people.

Surprisingly the engines, as well as the state of the art seven-speed DSG transmission and the electronics could be fitted into the chassis relatively easily, only the front overhang had to be extended by 1.2 inches. Even more, the Twin Up! can carry a larger fuel tank and battery cell compared to the XL1. Instead of a 2.6-gallon fuel tank and 5.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the Twin Up! can accommodate 8.7 gallons of fuel and has an 8.6 kWh battery.

According to the manufacturer, the Volkswagen Twin Up! is a quite agile. With 74 horsepower and 159 pound-feet of torque, the small hatchback has enough power to deal with every possible situation. Even though the acceleration is not so good, the Twin Up! can reach highway speeds. Smaller daily commute of up to 50 km can be accomplished using battery power alone.

The Volkswagen Twin Up! is only a concept for now. It was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, and there is no information whether it will be mass produced.


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