2014 Volkswagen XL1 review and pictures

Posted on Tuesday, 12 March 2013 , 11:03:59 byEmil

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Volkswagen XL1

This year at the 2013 edition of the Geneva Motor Show we had the opportunity to meet the new German model, Volkswagen XL1 hyper-efficient plug-in diesel hybrid. The bad news is that this model will not be available for the US market, but actually it is just a bit too difficult to imagine it on American roads, right? The new XL1 runs off the parallel combination of a 27-horsepower electric motor that receives the power from a 5.5 kWh lithium ion battery pack, plus a 47 horsepower 800-cc turbocharged and direct-injected 2-cylinder diesel engine. The whole power train can be found at the back, while the 12V battery for ancillaries and the lithium-ion assembly, which can be charged via plug and gets some energy through brake recuperation, is positioned up front. The output is being sent to the wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission. The range of the model could go beyond the 700-mile mark per tank and charge.

Inside we will find very comfortable seats, staggered seating actually, with the right-side passenger back a few inches and only slightly behind the driver. The staggered seating in the XL1 was set in order to maintain the aero-perfect teardrop shape while also allowing people inside equal shoulder and headroom. Under the rear hatch hides a models 4.2 inch feet trunk. The carmaker will only built 250 test units of the VW XL1 which will only be available in Germany and Austria. The braking system has lightweight carbon ceramic pieces and they work pretty well. The combusted and electric power trains combine for 68 horsepower and 103 lb. ft. of torque. This power produced enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 12.5 seconds. The price for the model was not made public yet. Source: autoblog