Volkswagen XL1-Powered Twin-Up Gets Revealed


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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Mmmm…Interesting, but ultimately the price will decide everything.


A plug-in hybrid city car with a 31 mile EV range should cost below $30k in 2014.

yeah a 150k$ Up will sell well.
VW is doing it wrong

I think VW is doing the right thing with the $150K super car, where the benchmark is MPG not MPH or HP. Every (male) kid (and some of us adults) fantasize about a super car. Why not start to spark an interest in efficiency as a key performance metric? If the wealthy are willing to pay for these cars they are giving the market for efficient vehicles a boost.

As for the Twin-Up, I want to see it in the US. The price point is important for general acceptance, but lets be realistic, many people don’t buy cars based on economics. Some for performance, some for luxury, others for image. Why not for efficiency?

My feeling is that these cars should offered in at least two models: a bare bones model for the economically driven buyer and either a sport or luxury model for folks who can afford it and would not buy a bare bones car for any reason.

I agree. I would like to see an economical 214 mpg car in the USA. The car could be sold in 2 versions: hybrid, and plug-in hybrid.

214MPG? I don’t think so! 33.7KWh in a gallon of gas. 8.6 KWh battery with 31 miles EV range. 8.6KWh is 25.5% of a gallon of gas equivalent. Times that range by four and you get about 124MPGe (electric mode only). In diesel mode it’ll be less.

Nice reporting, but it would be good to add a standard footnote to articles about plugin cars based on NEDC estimates. For context, the Chevrolet Volt gets 196 mpg US to the twin-Up estimate of 216 mpg US. The high mpg number is based on very easy NEDC fossil-only and battery test cycle results and it includes using up the energy in a fully charged batter. The Volt gets 196 mpg based on a NEDC battery range estimate of 52 miles (83 km) and 47 mpg US on the gas engine. The XL1, gets 261 mpg US based on 31 miles of battery range and 120 mpg US on the Diesel engine using NEDC. EPA estimates for the same vehicle come in much lower than the NEDC numbers. NEDC 52 miles of battery range for the 2011 Volt turned into 35 miles of range from EPA. So, the 31 NEDC range for the Twin-Up would probably be around 20-22 miles on an EPA estimate which is similar to a Ford CMAX or Fusion Energi. The XL1 Diesel-only estimate of 120 mpg would likely be around 96 mpg EPA since the Volt’s gas-only NEDC was 37 from EPA. You can see… Read more »

Based on the change in battery size from the XL1 for the same EV range estimate (lower EV efficiency), and the fact that they are using the same engine as the XL1, I’m going to guess that they would get a Diesel-only EPA estimate of 60-65 mpg..

That’s pretty good but if you adjust it for the fact that Diesel is 15% higher carbon then it would emit only around 5-10% less CO2 than a gasoline powered Prius.