Volkswagen is looking to introduce a new standard for fuel economy with the XL1, a fuel sipper expected to get up to 235 mpg, and our spy photographers managed to grab some photos of an XL1 prototype testing today.
An 800-cc, two-cylinder diesel powerplant with 48-hp and 88 lb-ft of torque will be combined with a 30 hp strong electric motor for power, all routed through a seven-speed DSG transmission. 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. Built on the MQB platform, the XL1 utilizes carbon fiber reinforced polymer parts to help keep weight levels very low.
Interior wise, the production version should stay close to the concept that was shown off to us at the Qatar Motor Show in 2011. On the outside, the XL1 stays very true to the concept version as well, except for openings over the rear tires that did not exist on the concept. Expect these to be closed back up when the car goes into production.
The XL1 is slated to hit the market in 2013, so we should see a production version sometime in late 2012.