A prototype of the Volkswagen XL1 has been spied. Production version due in 2013.
Volkswagen confirmed back in March that they plan on introducing a limited-run series of the XL1 next year. The car will probably be known as the XL1 when it reaches the production phase, and these are the latest spy shots with the 1-liter vehicle. VW says that it will be capable of achieving a combined fuel consumption of 0.9 liters / 100 km (261 mpg US or 313 mpg UK) and should have CO2 emissions of just 24 g/km.
The two-cylinder, 800cc diesel engine can produce 47 hp (35 kW) and 89 lb-ft (121 Nm) of torque, sending the power to the rear wheels via a 7-speed DSG gearbox. There’s also the electric motor capable of providing an additional 27 hp (20 kW) and 73 lb-ft (100 Nm) of torque which can either work alone or in parallel with the diesel engine. On electric mode, the VW XL1 should be able to provide a range of up to 35 km (21 miles).
It will have a curb weight of somewhere around 795 kg (1752 pounds) and a drag coefficient of only 0.186. The drivetrain weighs 227 kg (500 pounds), while only 23.2 percent of the vehicle is made from steel or iron. The Volkswagen XL1 is capable of doing the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 11.9 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 98 mph (158 km/h).