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Volkswagen XL1 – the world’s most economic production model

Volkswagen XL1 is yet another German important premiere to be revealed at 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The series version of the XL1 concept, labeled as the most economic model currently on the global automotive market, has a fuel economy of only 0.9 litres/100 km.

Volkswagen XL1

Volkswagen XL1

Volkswagen storms the Geneva Motor Show, where will unveil after together with Golf GTD and e-Golf, the most fuel efficient car in the world. It is about the materialization of the XL1 concept, already anticipated for a long time by the global audience.

Volkswagen XL1 Wallpaper [photo gallery]

Volkswagen XL1 – Engine & Design & Price

The German model uses the resources of a plug-in hybrid assembly composed of a 800cc two-cylinder diesel engine and an electric unit. The TDI develops 48 horsepower and 120 Nm (88.5 lb-ft), while the electrical unit contributes with another 20 kW (27 horsepower) and 100 Nm (73.7 lb-ft) of torque. Everything is assisted by a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission and a lithium-ion battery that keeps the engine alive with zero CO2 emissions.

The hybrid powertrain is enough for the Volkswagen XL1 to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 12.7 seconds and allows it to reach a electronically limited top speed of 160 km/h (100 mph). Even so, the XL1 is the most economical model in the world, with a fuel consumption of 0.9 litres/100 km (261.3 MPG US / 313.9 MPG Imp.) and emits 21 g/km CO2.

To achieve this impressive performance, Volkswagen engineers have reduced total mass of the car as much as possible, reaching to only 795 kilograms (1753 lbs). Volkswagen XL1 aerodynamic is taken close to perfection with a coefficient of only 0.18 Cx. This feature allows the German model to run at a constant speed of 100 km/h (62 mph) using only 8.4 horsepower from the total of 75 hidden under the bonnet.

Also, the resources stored in the 5,5 kWh lithium-ion battery of the two-seater electric car provides a pure electric drive for a distance of 50 kilometers (31 miles). With one fuel tank of only 10 liters (2.6 US gal. / Imp. gal.), the XL1 has a range greater than 500 km (310 miles).

The new Volkswagen XL1 will impress not only by its performance, but also by presence. The German model measures 3888 mm (153 in) in length and 1665 mm (65.5 in) width. So far, we have the same dimensions as a Polo. What is surprising is the height of the new XL1, which measures just 1153 mm (45.4 in), that is almost 30 centimeters (11.8 in) shorter than a Polo. Not even a sports model like Porsche Boxster isn’t even close to the height of XL1, being almost 13 cm (5.1 in) taller.

Volkswagen XL1 price isn’t revealed yet, but the sales will start from mid-2013. Originally scheduled to hit the market with a fleet of just of 50 cars, Volkswagen announced that will decide whether to make more cars depending on the demand.

Volkswagen XL1

Volkswagen XL1 Specs [technical data]

Construction method CFRP monocoque and add-on parts
Length / width / height 3,888 mm / 1,665 mm / 1,153 mm
Wheelbase 2,224 mm
Drive system
Type Plug-in hybrid, rear wheel drive
Internal combustion engine TDI, two cylinder, 800 cc, 35 kW / 48 PS, 120 Nm
Electric motor  20 kW / 27 PS, 140 Nm
System power (during boosting)  51 kW
System torque (during boosting) 140 Nm
Gearbox 7-speed DSG
Battery type Lithium-ion
Battery energy capacity 5.5 kWh
Emissions class Euro 6
Weight data
Unladen weight 795 kg
Performance / fuel economy
V/max 160 km/h (electronically limited)
0-100 km/h 12,7 s
Fuel consump. (NEDC, combined) 0.9 l/100 km
CO2 emissions (NEDC, combined) 21 g/km
Range: E-drive 50 km
Range: TDI + E-drive  > 500 km (10 litre fuel tank)

*NEDC – New European Driving Cycle

Volkswagen XL1 via Volkswagen

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