A very frugal diesel-electric hybrid version of Volkswagen’s Up minicar,dubbed the Twin-Up, will make its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show on Nov. 20. This concept has a fuel efficiency rating of 1.1 liters of fuel per 100 km (214 U.S. mpg/257 UK mpg). The four-seat Twin-Up is equipped with a plug-in hybrid powertrain based on VW’s XL1 two-seat car that was presented last March at the Geneva auto show.
Furthermore, this powertrain features an 800cc two-cylinder diesel engine with an electric motor. Power is distributed via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
A lithium-ion battery pack is positioned under the Twin-Up’s rear seat, reaching the trunk. The concept has a weight of 1205kg (2,656 pounds) and it emits 27 grams of CO2 per kilometer. When using electric power, this vehicle could travel up to 50km (30 miles).
VW hasn’t made the decision yet on allowing the Twin-Up to start production. Last September in Europe, VW launched a battery-powered version of the Up. The e-Up has a starting price of 26,900 euros in Germany.
VW will offer a limited production of the 200 XL1s, which will start selling in 2014 and will be priced from 111,000 euros.