Volkswagen is presenting at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show the twin up! concept which adopts the powertrain from the XL1.

Volkswagen is presenting at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show the twin up! concept which adopts the powertrain from the XL1.

The twin up! concept has borrowed the diesel engine, electric motor and DSG from the XL1 which allowed it to become the most economical four-seat vehicle in Europe, managing to return 214 mpg US (257 mpg UK or 1.1 liters / 100 km) with CO2 emissions of just 27 g/km in the New European Driving Cycle.

Power is provided by a 0.8-liter TDI Clean Diesel engine outputting 48 HP (35 kW) which works with a 35 kW electric motor and a 7-speed DSG. There's also an 8.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack installed behind the rear seats and under the trunk where Volkswagen has also put the 12-volt battery for the electrical system and an 8.7-gallon fuel tank.

When running solely on electric power the twin up! can reach 37 mph (59.5 km/h) in 8.8 seconds before hitting a top speed of 78 mph. In hybrid mode it will perform the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) task in 15.7 seconds and achieve a maximum speed of 87 mph (140 km/h). Volkswagen mentions the 2,657 lbs (1,205 kg) concept can be driven on electric power for up to 31 miles (50 km).

For the first time ever in a Volkswagen model the climate functions are being displayed only in digital form thanks to an AMOLED display which allows the driver to control temperature through a central touchscreen. Also digital are the status display and user control, while the home screen can be customized according to the driver's preferences.

We invite you to read the attached press release for more information.

Volkswagen twin up! concept gets XL1 tech for Tokyo Motor Show