Next Volkswagen Golf Could Get an XL1 Makeover
There are some designs that we just don’t get tired of looking at, and the ultra-eco Volkswagen XL1 happens to be one. Although VW will only build a scarce 200 examples, us normal people might see more and more of the car’s striking lines in the near future. In a new report from the UK’s Autocar, the magazine affirms that work has begun on a new aerodynamic package for the next generation Volkswagen Golf, set to arrive in 2019. Fans of the 313mpg XL1 rejoice. Company sources suggest that the aerodynamic innovations learned from the sleek XL1 will play a part in the upcoming Golf Mk8’s design.
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The catalyst here remains ever-stringent European Union emissions standards, of which new limits come into effect in 2020. Volkswagen will have to eke the new Golf’s fuel consumption and CO2 emissions lower and lower, way past the point where simply being a small car with a small engine just won’t cut it anymore.
However, the prospect of turning the XL1 into a Golf isn’t an easy one. The report cites that the longer and lower XL1 made use of aerodynamic solutions that aren’t easily portable to the short, family-size Golf.
Regardless of the XL1 styling package, the next-gen Golf will undoubtedly push the segment’s fuel economy limits. The Mk8 will be based on Volkswagen’s omnipresent MQB platform and likely rely on new efficient tech to post MPG gains. Audi’s hinted variable-compression ratio engines, electric turbocharging, and engine shut-off and coasting features look to be good starting points.
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