Diesel tradition does not disappear too easily in the history of Volkswagen cars. Germans came back in the news with a known concept, but upgraded, now called VW XL1 and consumes only 0.9 l/100 km.
If you think you’ve seen somewhere the Formula Volkswagen XL1 Concept, you won’t be wrong, because it is an upgrade of the VW L1 Concept, introduced two years ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009, a “cigar” which boasted a diesel consumption of only 1.38 l/100 km.
VW XL1 is the new concept and will be presented first to the impending auto show in Quatar, which may seem a palm oil for the billionaires, right? And as the new “VW cigar” announces a lower consumption of one 1.0 l/100 km – more precisely, VW XL1 consumes only 0.9 l/100 km diesel.
So, those of Volkswagen can be proud that in the era of hybrid and electric cars haven’t failed to fulfill its promise to make a machine that has a consumption of 1.0 l/100 km, because, according to officials statements, VW XL1 is very close to a possible series production.
Until we ask whether, indeed, there are enough customers for such a VW car, with only two seats and a futuristic design to the current range, we should see what the VW XL1 Concept has on the technical part.
The propulsion system is a plug-in hybrid, consisting of a two cylinder TDI engine with 48 horsepower, paired with an electric motor of 27 hp (20 kW), powered by a lithium-ion battery pack (which can be loaded from an external source when the car is parked).