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11 June 2014, 11:31 AM

Volkswagen XL-1 was first showcased as a prototype by the German auto major during 2002. Post unveiling, the car had been termed as a future vehicle as it showcased exclusivity from all the features. Volkswagen XL-1 is a plug-in hybrid car, which uses the diesel-electric motor combination as its fuel source. This green car was designed with an aim that it could travel about 100 km on just one litre of diesel. Initially, 250 units of this hybrid car were manufactured and sold in European markets but sources are claiming that its new generation model will soon mark its advent in the global auto market.

This hybrid car is powered by a modest 0.8-litre 2-cylinder TDI diesel engine, which has the ability to deliver a power output of almost 47 bhp. This diesel engine is blended with an electric motor, which can deliver almost 27 bhp of power. The combined output of the green car comes out to be almost 74 bhp. This combination is mated with a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission, which allows the car to accelerate from 0-100 kmph in around 11 seconds and further attain a top speed of almost 160 kmph. This 2-seater car, with the help of plug-in system, can do almost 50 km in the all-electric mode.

Interestingly, Volkswagen XL-1 is among the few diesel cars in the world that have been converted into a hybrid vehicle. The body of this hybrid car has been designed entirely from carbon fibre, which makes the overall weight to come out as 795 kg. On all-electric mode, it becomes an eco-friendly car and produces zero emissions; thus, providing no pollution to the environment. The overall measurement of this green car is 3970 mm at length, 1682 mm at width and 1184 mm at height, which is no less than a Volkswagen Polo. To reduce the weight of this hybrid diesel car, its wheels are designed by magnesium, brakes with ceramic and dampers, brake callipers and steering system is made of aluminium.

The Volkswagen XL-1 had been properly designed using the wind-tunnel to give it the best aerodynamics. The sheer effort of the company is the result that this car records a whopping mileage of almost 100 kmpl. Initially, the plan of Volkswagen was to design a car. Which will be more fuel economical than Toyota Prius and this was achieved by the XL-1. The car features a low profile and its headlight cluster has been integrated with a blend of LEDs and halogen lamps. Features of power steering, infotainment system and AC unit are provided in this hybrid diesel car. 

This car was showcased in a new trim in India during the 2012 Auto Expo and reports have suggested that it might arrive in the market by 2015. This car is expected to bear a hefty price tag of Rs. 70 lakh – Rs. 80 lakh and might be brought to India via a Completely Built Unit (CBU). Experts suggest that after arrival, Volkswagen XL-1 is undoubtedly going to be the most fuel efficient car in India.

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