A while ago we had in news that the super economical VW XL1 will be produced in limited number. That’s not confirmed yet, but this apparently has been. VW will soon launch a 95-mpg city car based on Up! powered by a hybrid system similar to that of the XL1.
This super-eco Up! will be a hybrid car, probably called Up blue-e-motion, powered by a 47bhp twin-cylinder, 800cc turbodiesel backed by a 26bhp electric motor, both connected to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The reason it won’t be able to match XL1’s 141 mpg is because of ts shape which is nowhere near as aerodynamic as the concept car, and because it’ll be like 300 kg heavier.
It also won’t be able to travel on pure electric power because the batteries are just there to support the microscopic electric motor, which itself is there to help the diesel unit in acceleration. It might also get the pulse starting system from the XL1 which makes the start/stop a seamless operation. Needless to say, the car will also benefit from braking energy recovery system.
This car will set new standards in terms of fuel consumption and Co2 emission. VW is yet to confirm when the new Up! will arrive.