Arriving in Geneva
Volkswagen has released technical details about the ultra-frugal XL1 scheduled to arrive at Geneva Motor Show in production form.
The Volkswagen XL1 features a two-cylinder 800cc TDI engine producing 47 hp (35 kW) which is backed by an electric motor developing 27 hp (20 kW), while the necessary juice is provided by a 5.5 kWh battery pack. VW says the car has a fuel consumption of only 0.9 liters / 100 km (261 mpg US or 313 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of just 21 g/km.
With a drag coefficient of 0.189 and a 2224mm wheelbase, the XL1 is 3.888mm long and 1665mm wide, and tips the scales at 795 kg (1752 lbs) thanks to its carbon fiber body. The German company says the plug-in hybrid will need 12.7 seconds to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) and has a limited top speed of 99.4 mph (160 km/h).
The front features a double wishbone suspension, while the back gains a semi-trailing link setup. Other highlights include ceramic brake discs and carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) anti-roll bars. It can travel on electricity for 31 miles (50 km) but the range can be expanded to 310 miles (499 km) if the small 10-liter fuel tank is filled.
The first batch of XL1s will consist of 50 cars and after that Volkswagen will build it on demand. No details for the moment about price.