The Volkswagen 1L concept is back in the spotlight at the Auto Show in Qatar. This time, the concept that debuted in 2009 at the Frankfurt Auto Show is called XL1 and it sports interesting changes.
First, the model is close to maturity for production, and its appearance looks like a visible evolution for the Volkswagen range. Its interior shows some elements already found on today’s models, while the front looks like what we imagine to be the future of the Scirocco.
According to Volkswagen officials, the XL1 model has an average consumption of 0.9 liters per hundred. The XL1 concept is equipped with a TDI engine with two cylinders in line and benefits from the contribution of an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery. That engine develops 48 hp, while the electric motor provides 27 hp. The two units are coupled to a DSG transmission with seven reports and benefits from the assistance of a Lithium-Ion battery.
The prototype can run in 100% electric mode for 35 miles and deliver, on average, 24 grams of CO2 per km. The hybrid system can also be charged from the outlet, and the model benefits from regenerative braking.
Unlike the first L1 concept made public, Volkswagen XL1 has two seats in parallel, not in tandem. This feature makes the model resemble street vehicles today and what the usual public is accustomed to. Incredibly, the increased width of the model doesn’t hurt the value of the coefficient of aerodynamics – 0.186.
The only element that seems far from the production set is the vertical opening doors. In addition, the model is constructed of carbon fiber reinforced polymers, which leads to a limited annual production and a high price at this moment.
Volkswagen could introduce a limited edition version of the XL1 because the Germans claim to have found a solution to reduce production costs. That is the aRTM process, which means advanced composite molding, already patented by the German carmaker and its suppliers.