Volkswagen presented the production version of the XL1, the most economical production car in the world which will be presented at the Geneva Show. It has an average fuel consumption of just 0.9 L/100 km, with an electric range of 50 km. With one tank of 10 liters, the XL1 has a range greater than 500 km !
The XL1 weighs just 795 kg thanks to THE extensive use of CFRP in both the chassis and the body and has aerodynamic drag coefficient of just 0.189 Cd. It’s length is 3.888 mm, width 1.665 mm, height 1.153 mm and the wheelbase 2.224 mm.
The engines used are: a two-cylinder TDI diesel engine 800cc, 48 bhp and 120 Nm of torque and an electric motor 20 kW (27 hp) with 100 Nm of torque which is powered by lithium-ion batteries of 5,5 kWh. Both engines deliver a total of 70 hp with 140 Nm of torque and are combined with a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission while consuming just 0.9 L/100 km and emiting 21 g / km of CO2. The 0-100 km/h is made in 12.7 seconds with a top speed electronically limited to 160 km / h.
It features doors that open upwards, LED lights and luggage space of 120 liters. The front suspensions consist of double wishbones and brakes with ceramic discs.
Originally only 50 cars will be available for sale with sales to start in late 2013 but so far, prices have not been announced. Volkswagen will decide whether to produce more cars in the market depending on the demand that the model will present.