Volkswagen Twin-Up diesel-electric hybrid concept revealed ahead of Tokyo debut

Volkswagen has revealed the Twin-Up diesel-electric hybrid concept which ahead of its public debut later this month at the Tokyo Motor Show.

The Volkswagen Twin-Up uses a similar powertrain as the lightweight XL1. Weighing 1,205kg it is 410kg heavier than the XL1 with power coming from a 47bhp diesel engine with 119Nm of torque and an electric motor with 47bhp (+20bhp compared to XL1) and 214Nm of torque.

Power from both engines is sent to the front wheels through a dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox, enabling it to go from 0-37mph in 8.8 seconds, from 0-62mph in 15.7 seconds, while the top speed is 87mph.

What really impresses is the fuel economy. The Twin-Up returns an impressive 257mpg with CO2 emissions of only 27 g/km.

The 8.6kWh lithium ion battery pack offers an electric range of up to 31 miles and speeds up to 78mph in purely EV mode.

According to Volkswagen, the Twin-Up diesel-electric concept has a big potential to become a production model.


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