Volkswagen XL1 serial hybrid, prices and equipment

In January 2011, at the motor show in Qatar, Volkswagen unveiled a Formula XL1 hybrid concept, which was promised to start mass production in two years. And the German manufacturer has not deceived, at the Geneva Motor Show in 2013 showed the production version of the model that was called Volkswagen XL1. Externally, the car is almost entirely repeats the concept. Its compact body (overall length of 3888 mm, width – 1665, height – only 1 153) has the lowest drag coefficient of any mass-produced cars, equal to 0.189. In addition, Volkswagen XL1 has turned out very easy – a curb weight of 795 kg hybrid, which failed due doschit body panels made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic, and aluminum suspension, stabilizer bar carbon fiber and ceramic brakes. The movement of Volkswagen leads XL1┬áhybrid propulsion system that combines twin-cylinder 0.8-liter diesel engine TDI with 48 hp, 27-hp electric motor, a set of lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 5.5 kWh and 7-band robotic DSG transmission with two clutches. The unit provides the vehicle accelerates from zero to a hundred in 12.7 seconds and a top speed of 160 km/h. Pure electric Volkswagen XL 1 is able to cover a distance of up to 50 kilometers, and in hybrid mode, when completely filled 10-liter fuel tank, range is increased to a very decent 496 kilometers. Among other features of the model can be noted opening up the doors of the type “gull wing” compact rear camera instead of the traditional rear-view mirrors and a little set-back passenger seat that can accommodate almost like a normal saloon car. Initially, the company planned to take the Volkswagen XL1 out, but then decided to sell the lease model. However, its price was incredibly high – 111,000 euro. In comparison, for the money you can buy in Germany, six hatchback Volkswagen Golf 7 in the basic version, and even gasoline remains.

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