The 2014 XL1 starts from $120,000. This is like the Volkswagen’s dream for a 235-mpg car comes true, as the new XL1 debuted at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Volkswagen adds to its description as a car of the future, built for today–a spectacular appearance.
The exterior remains almost the same as the concept presented at the 2011 Qatar Motor Show. Still, the car is a bit better than VW expected, as its fuel consumption is reduced to an impressive 261 U.S. mpg, or0.9 liters per 100 kilometers.
The 2013 Geneva Motor Show unveils the model and just 50 units constitute the first production batch. The new Volkswagen XL1’s production version doesn’t surprise much as all the details were already revealed in the concept version and tested prototypes.
An entirely carbon-fiber reinforced polymer made body is featured by the XL1 getting a thrilling classic “tear drop” which is only 50.47 inches (1,282 mm) high.
The XL1features electrically controlled air intakes, fully covered rear wheels to prevent drag and new headlamps with LED technology. Scissor-opening doors are also installed by the Volkswagen to give it a cooler look.
The traditional wing mirrors have also been replaced by small cameras called e-Mirrors through which exterior images are transmitted to interior displays.
The interior also gets few changes the biggest one of which is the seat arrangement. In the concept version a tandem arrangement was proposed to the two occupants, but the production version makes it slightly offset, side by side, almost as in a conventional vehicle.
The 120-liter (4.23 cubic-feet) trunk of XL1 can also carry a small amount of cargo.
The hybrid drivetrain combining an 800 cc two-cylinder TDI engine with delivery of 48-horsepower along an extra 27 horsepower provider E-Motor and a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) is certainly an amazing feature of this new Volkswagen XL1.
A lithium-ion battery powers the E-motor which allows a 50 kilometers (31 miles) driving range in all-electric mode.
It sprints from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in only 12.7 seconds and can reach a top speed of 160 km/h (100 mph) with an outstanding fuel economy rating of 313 mpg and just 21 g/km CO2 emission.
Volkswagen’s Osnabrück factory of Germany will manufacture the XL1.
The Volkswagen XL1 sets a new world record in the industry with its impressive 261 mpg fuel economy. The success or failure of this model will be decided when it is put on sale, but it is almost certain that the first 50 units will take a very short span of time for sale.