On this week, at the Qatar Motor Show from January 26 to 29 Volkswagen car maker unveiled the third iteration and the latest in a series of two-seater concept hybrid diesel-electric, the new Super XL1 efficient vehicles (SEV) in the Hall. 2011 VW XL1 concept different with its predecessors, now more more conventional approach with the automaker dropping the narrow packaging and tandem seating of the L1 in favor of a much better looking and practical design with the driver and passenger placed next to each.
The new XL1 features an even more impressive design, plus it’s a plug-in hybrid that combines a 48 HP two cylinder TDI engine with a 27 HP E-motor, a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DSG), and a lithium-ion battery. The battery can be charged from a conventional household electric outlet.
The concept can drive 35 kilometers in pure electric mode and delivers a fuel economy of 0.9 liter/100 kilometers. While the profile is similar to the L1 concept, the XL1 has a more dynamic appearance, with a typical radiator grille, electrically controlled air intakes, new headlamps with LED technology, and fully covered rear wheels to prevent air turbulence.
Weight of Volkswagen XL1 Concept just just 795 kg or 1,752 pounds, thanks to the extensive use of lightweight materials throughout including Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer parts for the body, magnesium for the wheels, ceramics for the brake discs and aluminium for dampers, steering system and brake calipers. Also equipped seven-speed DSG gearbox with an automatic clutch mounted between the diesel engine and eclectic motor. VW says the electric motor can either work independently of the TDI engine or in tandem when accelerating.