Volkswagen preparing a four-door version of the XL1

Article by Andrew Christian, on August 18, 2014

The Volkswagen XL1 is the most fuel-efficient vehicle ever produced by the German manufacturer but the car is not suitable for a family with two kids. Still, there is no need to worry as Volkswagen is reportedly working on a new version of the XL1 that can accommodate up to four adults. According to Autocar, Volkswagen’s Ferdinand Piech wants to see the manufacturer at the cutting edge of super-efficient vehicles.

VW is expected to use the same technology on the upcoming vehicle such as the powertrain but also front and rear subframes as well as suspension and braking systems. Volkswagen might use rear-hinged doors just like those found on the BMW i3 as well as a new carbon tub.

The current Volkswagen XL1 has a total weight of just 795 kg and with the addition of the two seats and doors, the weight is expected to increase by 130 kg. For those who don’t know, the XL1 is powered by a plug-in hybrid system that consists of a 0.8-liter two-cylinder TDI engine (35 kW/48 hp), an E-motor (20 kW / 27 hp) and a lithium-ion batter.

Bolted to a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG), the engine pushes the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 12.7 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 160 km/h or 100 mph. The XL1 has a fuel consumption of 0.9 l/100 km.

Using just the electric motor, Volkswagen says that its XL1 has a range of 50 km (35 miles). The four-door version of the XL1 will possibly be called XL2 and will use the same hybrid system. The German carmaker will offer a more powerful version of the 0.9-liter TDI engine as the vehicle will be heavier. [source: autocar.co.uk]

Topics: vw, vw xl1, green car

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