Volkswagen has revealed the Twin-Up diesel-electric hybrid concept which according to the company has the potential to become a production model.

Volkswagen has revealed the Twin-Up diesel-electric hybrid concept which according to the company has the potential to become a production model.

The Volkswagen Twin-Up weighs 1,205 kg (2,656 lbs) which makes it 410 kg (904 lbs) heavier than the revolutionary XL1. It benefits from an upgraded electric motor and an 8.6 kWh battery while the diesel fuel tank has a capacity of 33 liters, making it 23 liters bigger than the one in the XL1.

Power comes from the same two-cylinder 800cc common-rail diesel engine from the XL1 installed transversally in the engine bay. The motor produces 47 bhp (35 kW) and 88 lb-ft (119 Nm) of torque and works together with an electric motor developing 47 bhp (20 bhp more than in the XL1) and 103 lb-ft (139 Nm). As a result of the hardware arrangement, the Twin-Up has a combined power of 74 bhp (55 kW) and 158 lb-ft (214 Nm) sent to the front axle through a dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox.

According to Volkswagen, the Twin-Up needs 8.8 seconds to get from 0 to 37 mph (59.5 km/h) while the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) task is accomplished in 15.7 seconds, prior to reaching a top speed electronically-capped at 87 mph (140 km/h) in hybrid mode. More importantly, VW says the car can return an impressive 257 mpg UK (214 mpg US or 1.1 liters / 100 km) with corresponding CO2 emissions of only 27 g/km. It also has an all-electric range of up to 31 miles (50 km) during which it can reach speeds of up to 78 mph (125.5 km/h).

Volkswagen has announced plans to show a more production-oriented Twin-Up concept later this month at the Tokyo Motor Show where it will be exhibited next to the all-electric e-up!

Volkswagen Twin-Up diesel-electric hybrid concept revealed