Volkswagen introduced the XL1 nearly three years ago and a new report is indicating the company is developing a more affordable XL3. Designed to showcase the company's focus on eco-friendly vehicles following the Dieselgate scandal, the XL3 will reportedly have unique styling that is inspired by the XL1. Details are limited at this point but Autobild is reporting the model will have an aerodynamic design with blue trim and C-shaped daytime running lights.

Volkswagen introduced the XL1 nearly three years ago and a new report is indicating the company is developing a more affordable XL3.

Designed to showcase Volkswagen's focus on eco-friendly vehicles following the Dieselgate scandal, the XL3 will reportedly have unique styling that is inspired by the XL1.  Details are limited at this point but Autobild is reporting the model will have an aerodynamic design with C-shaped daytime running lights and blue trim.

Power will reportedly be provided by a hybridized powertrain that consists of a turbocharged 1.4-liter petrol engine, an electric motor, and a small battery pack.  Nothing is official but the publication is reporting the engine will produce 140 horsepower, while the electric motor contributes an additional 35 hp.  The model won't be terribly fast but engineers are reportedly targeting a fuel economy rating of 78.4 miles per gallon (3.0 liters per 100 kilometers).  Drivers can also expect to be able to travel a few miles on electricity alone.

Little else is known about the car but it will reportedly eschew the XL1's bespoke platform and lightweight construction.  This change should enable the car to be significantly cheaper than its predecessor.

If everything pans out, the XL3 will be launched in 2018 and cost approximately €30,000 ($32,790).

Source: Autobild

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