What’s the average MPG figure of your vehicle? 40, 50, 60 MPG? That’s nothing compared to what Volkswagen have in store.
Their new hybrid in the making is expected to hit 235 MPG. The model named the Volkswagen XL1 has been all over auto headlines since it was displayed at the Qatar Motor Show in 2011. The car not only sounds futuristic, it looks it too.
Test drives have delivered a result of 261 MPG back on European test cycles.
What’s special about this vehicle is that it has a diesel engine combining with an electric motor, rather than a petrol engine. The diesel engine in question will be 800 cc that is able to achieve a maximum of 48 BHP and 88 lb-ft of torque. The electric motor will be able to churn out 30 BHP. The seven speed DSG gearbox transmission will combine perfectly with the engine.
As you may have already guessed the Volkswagen XL1 will not be the fastest car on the market. From 0 to 62 MPH the car will record a time of 11.9 seconds. The top speed of the vehicle is limited to 99 MPH. Using electricity only to power the vehicle along will only get you to around 24 miles. That is quite a decent figure considering the average journey to work is approximately that amount.
The MQB platform which the car is to adopt following new Volkswagen Group procedures has been optimised to bring about more efficiency and aero dynamism.
The Volkswagen XL1 is certain contain technology such as stop start, brake regeneration and having the fuel engine being cut off when the car is stopping. All of these are within the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Sport. It wouldn’t be able to achieve such outstanding MPG figures if it didn’t.
The car has already been spotted in cold weather climates carrying out testing. Volkswagen has recently put the car in hot weather to see how it fairs in the opposite sort of conditions. With both types of tests being carried out, it is safe to assume that the car is closer and closer to being put on the production line. At first there will be only a limited number of models available. We are sure that there will be plenty of takers considering what the Volkswagens XL1 can give back.