Marriott Motor Group take delivery of XL1
The Marriott Motor Group, are proud to be only the second retailer within the UK to take delivery of the world's most fuel-efficient car, Volkswagen's XL1. With just 26 available for the UK market, this former car of the future is soon to be available to view here at Bury St Edmunds Volkswagen. (Dates to be confirmed)
- The Vision
Conceptually, the XL1 represents the third evolutionary stage of the 1-litre car strategy by Volkswagen. When the new millennium was ushered in, Prof. Dr.
Ferdinand Piëch - who is today Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG - formulated the visionary goal of bringing a production car to market
that was practical for everyday use yet offered a low fuel consumption of one litre per 100 km.
- The Reality
In the two-seat XL1, this vision has become reality. A Plug-In Hybrid Electric car with a two cylinder 48ps TDI engine and 27ps electric motor, a new kind of supercar crafted with efficiency in mind and is today the:
- World's most efficient liquid fuelled production car at 313 mpg (0.9l/100 km) (actually 340mpg in test but rounded due to EU rules)
- World's lowest official CO2 figure for a liquid-fuelled production car at 21g/km •
- World’s most aerodynamic road-going production car
As the most aerodynamic car ever produced, using efficiency of pure design principles, the XL1 is an automotive hero that follows pure sports car
design principles: low weight (795 kg), perfect aerodynamics (Cd 0.189) and a low centre of gravity (1,153 mm high). This provides the ability to cruise on the road at a constant speed of 100 km/h using just 6.2 kW/8.4 PS. In all-electric mode, the XL1 requires less than 0.1 kWh to cover a driving distance of over one kilometre.
Electronically limited to 160 km/h. The high-tech lightweight design, perfect aerodynamics and a plug-in hybrid system – consisting of a two-cylinder TDI engine (35 kW/48 PS), E-motor (20 kW/27 PS), 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) and lithium-ion battery, makes it possible for the new Volkswagen XL1 to emit just 21 g/km of CO2. If necessary, the XL1, with a top speed of 160 km/h, can accelerate to 100 km/h in just 12.7 seconds. Clearly, 0.9 l/100 km fuel consumption is a record figure that has not been achieved by any other vehicle to date, and it illustrates how Volkswagen is re-defining what is technically feasible in car making.
Design for a new era
The XL1 is 3,888 mm long, 1,665 mm wide and just 1,153 mm tall. These are extreme dimensions. The Polo has a similar length (3,970 mm) and width (1,682 mm), but it is signicantly taller (1,462 mm). The wing doors of the XL1 are reminiscent of those of a high-end sports car. They are hinged at two points: low on the A-pillars and just above the windscreen in the roof frame, so they do not just swivel upwards, but slightly forwards as well. The doors also extend far into the roof. When they are opened, they create an exceptionally large amount of entry and exit space.
The front of the XL1 no longer exhibits the typical radiator grille; however, it still reflects the styling of the current Volkswagen design DNA with a predominance of horizontal lines. Specifically, there is a black cross-stripe that combines with the energy-efficient dual LED headlights to form a continuous band. The actual air intake for cooling the TDI engine, battery and interior is located in the lower front end section and has electrically controlled louvres. The narrow turn indicators are also designed in LED technology; these form an "L" shape which vertically follows the wheel housing and horizontally a line beneath the headlights. This creates a front end, which – although it is completely redesigned and extreme in its dimensions – can immediately be recognised as a Volkswagen design by its clean lines.
At the rear, however, the design takes an entirely new path, but the brand values of precision and quality are clearly evident. The XL1 represents a new dimension of Volkswagen design. Four characteristics are discernible: First, there is the characteristic dolphin body form, once again, that narrows towards
the rear with very precise trailing edges for perfect aerodynamics. Second, there is the coupé-shaped roofline without rear windscreen. Merging into the roofline is the large rear boot lid that covers the drive unit and 120-litre luggage space. Third, there is a strip of red LED's that frames the rear section at the top and on the sides. Integrated in this LED strip are the reversing lights, rear lights, rear fog lights and brake lights. Fourth, is a black diffuser, which exhibits nearly seamless transitions to the completely covered under body.
So, whilst we are waiting for the XL1 to arrive, why not visit us to see how Volkswagen are placing the technology of tomorrow into our cars of today, visit us at Bury St Edmunds Volkswagen.