VW’s Up city vehicle will be fitted with XL1’s two-cylinder plug-in hybrid drivetrain.

The XL1 is fitted with a two-cylinder, 47bhp, TDI engine and a 27bhp electric motor and 5.5kWh battery pack. According to VW sources the Up city car might get an official EU economy rating of about 1-litre/100km or 250mpg on the NEDC test cycle.

The standard Up model weighs 925 kg, with 130 kg more than the carbonfibre bodied XL1, while the Up hybrid is expected to weigh under 1000 kg. The new drivetrain will offer the Up Hybrid the best real-world economy of a conventional vehicle, estimated at over 90mpg. This new hybrid system is fitted with an electric motor and a clutch placed between the 7-speed DSG gearbox and the 800cc two-cylinder diesel engine.

In the pure electric mode, the vehicle would cover a range of about 30 miles. The automaker is still at the engineering level with the Up Hybrid and the model is expected to reach showrooms in about 18 months.

VW announced it plans to introduce the production version of the XL1 at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in March. Officially presented as a simple concept a few years ago, the Volkswagen XL1 is now making its appearance, in an official way, as a production version.


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