Volkswagen XL1 makes US debut at Chattanooga

Article by Anita Panait, on October 7, 2013

The Volkswagen XL1 was unveiled for the first time in the United States at the 23rd Annual Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) Conference at the Chattanooga Convention Center. The XL1 boasts of an estimated European combined fuel consumption rating of 261 mpg (over 200 estimated US mpg) and an all-electric range of to 32 miles.

Oliver Schmidt, General Manager of the Engineering and Environmental Office (EEO), Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., remarked that the XL1 provides a “glimpse into Volkswagen’s present and future eco-mobility capabilities, and highlights the ultimate successes of ‘Thinking Blue’.”

Aside from the US debut of the XL1, Volkswagen’s participation in the SEJ Conference also entailed a tour of its LEED Platinum-certified assembly plant and solar park in Chattanooga.

The carmaker also offered test-drives in its line of eco-friendly cars like the e-Golf, Passat TDI Clean Diesel and Jetta Hybrid. The carmaker also conducted a bird-watching expedition on Volkswagen Chattanooga’s sanctuary grounds.

The XL1, which VW touts as the most fuel-efficient and aerodynamic production car in the world, follows pure sports-car design principles. It is light weight at 1,753 pounds and has exceptional aerodynamics at Cd 0.19, as well as a low center of gravity. The XL1 could also travel at a constant 62 mph while using just 8.4 PS (6.2kW). In all-electric mode, the XL1 needs less than 0.1 kWh to cover more than a kilometer.

The XL1 emits just 21 g/km of carbon dioxide, a number attributed to its high-tech lightweight design, aerodynamic efficiency, and a plug-in hybrid system. Its plug-in hybrid system is made up of a 48 PS (35kW) two-cylinder TDI engine, a 27-hp electric motor, a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission, and a lithium-ion battery.

No production vehicle has yet to surpass the XL1’s estimated European driving cycle of 261 mpg. It also can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 12.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 99 mph.

The newly-released VW XL1 is 3,888 mm in length, 1,665 mm in width and only 1,156 mm in height. These are outrageous sizes. The Polo has a comparable length (3,970 mm) and width (1,682 m), yet it is taller (1,462 mm). The height of the all-new XL1 is about the same compared to a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder (1,184 mm). Along these lines, it is easy to picture how tremendous such a Volkswagen would show up on the road - as long and wide as a Polo, yet with a low silhouette like a Lamborghini.

The wing doors of the all-new Volkswagen XL1 are likewise reminiscent of a high-end sports vehicle. They are pivoted at two points: low on the A-pillars and just over the windscreen in the roof frame, so they don't simply swivel upwards, yet slightly forwards as well. The doors likewise reach out far into the roof. When they are opened, they free up an outstanding huge amount of entry and exit space.

Graphically, the new XL1 likewise embraces the styling lines of the L1 debuted in 2009; be that as it may, the new model has a more expressive appearance thanks to its significantly greater width. The design of the whole body was unbendingly subjected to the laws of aerodynamics. In front, the VW XL1 Concept shows the best width; the vehicle at that point narrows tapers the rear. Looked from above, the shape of the XL1 typifies that of a dolphin; particularly at the rear, where the lines optimally conform with the air flow over the vehicle body to lessen the Volkswagen's aerodynamic drag.

Looking at it from the side, the roofline indicates styling lines that follow an arc from the A-pillar back to the rear. The rear wheels are completely covered to avert air turbulence; the air flows here are also enhanced by little spoilers at the front of and behind the wheels. Spectators will search for door mirrors in vain; supplanting them on the wing doors are little cameras which take on the role of digital outside mirrors that send pictures of the surroundings behind the vehicle to two displays inside the car.

Topics: vw, vw xl1, united states

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