Volkswagen Twin-Up: A Diesel-Hybrid Concept Consumes Just 1.1 l/100 km
|   Sunday, November 17, 2013
Volkswagen wanted to reincarnate the technology used on the XL1 and the result of that wish was this little thing called the Twin-Up Concept. This is a model that promises to revolutionize the segment with a very impressive average consumption of only 1.1 liters / 100 kilometers.

The new Twin-Up Concept is a diesel-hybrid version of the mini class model. Under the ordinary bodywork, the Germans have hidden the propulsion system of the current XL1, the most economic model at the global level produced in just 200 copies worldwide.


In case you are wondering why that number is so small, know the Volkswagen XL1, the most economical car in the world, costs about 110,000 euros.
Volkswagen felt they could take advantage of the experience gained with the development of XL1 and decided to reincarnate its innovative powertrain under the body of a popular model in its range. The lab rat chosen for this task was the Up!, which received two motors and a battery pack.

Weighing 410 kg more than the revolutionary XL1, the new Twin-Up Concept arrives with a total mass of 1205 kg. The propulsion is provided by a diesel engine developing 47 horsepower and 119 Nm. The conventional unit is completed however by the electric drive with another 47 horsepower, 20 extra horsepower than that offered on the XL1 unit.

The Twin-Up has a lithium-ion battery pack placed under the rear seat and it extends all the way into the trunk.
While the diesel engine benefits from a reservoir of 33 liters, 23 liters more than the tank on the XL1, the electric motor is kept alive thanks to a battery pack of 8.6 kWh. The ensemble guarantees a total power of 75 hp and a torque of 214 Nm, all sent to the front axle via a DSG automatic transmission with seven speeds.

The combination of the two engines enables the German model, to accelerate from 0 to 60 km / h in 8.8 seconds, and go from 0 to 100 km / h in 15.7 seconds. The maximum speed in hybrid mode can reach up to 140 km / h. We say hybrid mode, because there is the possibility to run only in electric mode, in which case the maximum speed is capped at 125 km / h.

The same electric driving mode can ensure an autonomy range of up to 50 kilometers, and represents a decisive influence on the average fuel consumption figure. Volkswagen announces an estimated fuel consumption of just 1.1 liters / 100 km and emissions levels of just 27 g / km.

The Twin-Up is a name chosen specifically to indicate the new car's twin power sources, and was revealed by Volkswagen's R&D boss, Hans-Jakob Neusser.
Neusser describes the car as an engineering prototype with a potential for future series production. Although the Twin-Up uses elements found on the XL1's hybrid system, but, as already mentioned, numerous components have been modified to balance the extra weight brought by the compact hatchback.
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