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