Volkswagen has just revealed its Twin-Up diesel-electric plug-in hybrid concept.

XL1 Bares No Resemblance to the Twin Up!

XL1 Bares No Resemblance to the Twin Up!

This vehicle is likely to enter production, according to VW.

The Volkswagen Twin-Up weighs in at 2,656 lbs, or 904 lbs heavier than the  XL1.

In most regards, the Twin-Up borrows vital hardware from the XL1.

In the Twin-Up, the battery pack is 8.6 kWh and the diesel fuel tank is 8.7 gallons, or roughly three times the size of the XL1's.

According to Volkswagen, the Twin-Up takes a lengthy 8.8 seconds to go from 0 to 37 mph and 15.7 seconds to get to 62 mph.  Top speed is listed at 87 mph.

In terms of fuel efficiency, VW says the Twin-Up returns 214 mpg US (NEDC cycle) and boasts an electric-only range of 31 miles (NEDC).  In electric mode, the Twin-Up can hit speeds of up to 78 mph.

VW e-Up!

VW e-Up!

The powertrain for the Twin-Up is essentially the same as what's found in the XL1: 47 hp 0.8-liter diesel engine that pumps out 88 pound-feet of torque.  Electric motor with 47 hp (20 more than XL1) and 103 pound-feet of torque.

A duel-clutch seven-speed gearbox handles shifting duties for the FWD plug-in concept.

A near-production Twin-Up will be on display at the Tokyo Motor Show in a couple week's time.

Whereas the XL1 costs $150,000, the Twin-Up (though no official price has been revealed) will certainly be priced more reasonably.

We suspect that the Twin-Up will enter the production cycle next year, though it's almost certain that it won't be headed to US showrooms.

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