Volkswagen XL1 to be Built as Diesel-Powered Plug-in Hybrid

Volkswagen XL1 to be Built as Diesel-Powered Plug-in Hybrid

Volkswagen first showed off its XL1 Concept at the 2011 Qatar Motor Show, and the futuristic-looking coupe will be making its way to production, albeit in a limited run.

The XL1 will be will be built on Volkswagen’s new modular MQB platform and even though no official photos of what the production model will look like has been released, sources believe that it will closely resemble the concept pictured above. What has been confirmed – at least as confirmed as rumors can be – is that the XL1 will have a new 800-cc, two-cylinder diesel powerplant with 48-hp and 88 lb-ft of torque and will be mated to a seven-speed DSG transmission.

The diesel engine will work with a 27-hp electric motor putting out 103 lb-ft of torque with the electricity being stored in lithium-ion batteries. The XL1 will be able to travel up to 24 miles in all-electric mode and is expected to go 0-62 mph in 11.9 seconds with a top speed limited to 99-mph.

It is believed that the XL1 will be delivered starting next year but Volkswagen did not confirm how many they will be producing or its cost.

GALLERY: Volkswagen XL1 Concept

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  • jeff bankston

    whats the next big game changer in diesel,and will it be sold in the USA.

  • Rick

    The Volkswagen XL1, Ford C-Max Energi, BMW i3 and i8, and upcoming PHEVs from Audi, Porsche, and Hyundai are all going to be fodder for thought between 2012 and 2014.