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Volkswagen XL1

Volkswagen XL1

Volkswagen XL1

Volkswagen XL1

Volkswagen XL1

Volkswagen XL1 interior

Volkswagen XL1 interior

Volkswagen XL1

Volkswagen XL1

Volkswagen XL1

Volkswagen XL1

Make Volkswagen
Model XL1
Concept year 2011
Production year -
Engine 2 cylinder TDI + electric motor

If the Volkswagen 'Formula' XL1 concept looks familiar, then you've probably seen the VW L1 concept from 2009.

At first the two cars look almost identical, same styling details, same profile, and similar drivetrain. However if you look closer you'll notice that the XL1 features a more conventional side-by-side seating arrangement - instead of the L1's tandem layout. This configuration means that the XL1 is considerably wider than the L1, and also much more practical.

While developing the XL1 concept, Volkswagen's designers and engineers tried to make the car as energy efficient as possible, both in terms of manufacturing and also fuel usage.

The use of lightweight materials, such as carbon fiber reinforced polymers, combined with a hybrid drivetrain allow the Volkswagen XL1 to achieve a CO2 emissions value of 24 g/km and just over 260mpg (0.9L/100Km)!

The hybrid system of the Volkswagen XL1 consists of a two cylinder TDI engine (35 kW / 48 PS), E-motor (20 kW / 27 PS), 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DSG) and lithium-ion battery. Because the XL1 is designed as a plug-in hybrid, the car can also be driven for up to 21 miles (35km) in pure electric mode - with zero emissions coming directly from the vehicle. The battery can be charged from a conventional household electric outlet. Battery regeneration is also used to recover energy normally lost while slowing down, this power is returned to the battery for re-use.

For a car which has been designed primarily to be environmentally friendly, the XL1 concept is surprisingly good looking. The clean, sculpted lines look futuristic and athletic, while the steeply raked roofline gives the car handsome coupe-like proportions.


Similar and related vehicles:
Volkswagen L1
Volkswagen EcoRacer
Volkswagen Nanospyder
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