VW unveiled its up! concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show...
It had to happen, and actually rather sooner than later. VW rolls out the up! as a concept car sharing parts of the drive system – diesel engine, electric motor and dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) – with world's most economical car, the XL1.
This makes the masterful efficiency of the XL1 available for the masses… an important milestone indeed!
Hans Knol ten Bensel
The car is actually a plug-in hybrid. The drive unit is located in the front of the twin up!, with a system power of 55 kW. It consists of a 0.8 litre TDI (35 kW), an electric motor (35 kW), a 7-speed DSG and the power electronics.
The "tank systems" are located in the back, underneath the rear bench seat and the luggage compartment: a lithium-ion battery (energy capacity: 8.6 kWh) as well as a 12 V battery for the vehicle's electrical system and a 33 litre capacity fuel tank.
The drivetrain is so efficient, that the concept car has an NEDC combined fuel consumption of 1.1 l/100 km – with a corresponding CO2 emission of 27 g/km.
The driver alone decides when and where to drive the twin up! in all-electric mode. This is done by simply pressing the e-mode button.
In zero emission operation the twin up! can cover a range of 50 km and is anything but a slouch: the twin up! accelerates up to 60 km/h in just 8.8 seconds and has an all-electric top speed of 125 km/h.
In hybrid mode, with the two cylinder 0,8 litre TDI engine engaged, the car has a top speed of 140 km/h and at the same time provide a high torque for a small car, of 215 Nm.
We just show you here some first photos of the car. VW presented it in Tokyo with an exclusive "Sparkling White" effects paint, which produces an ever-changing effect due to the blue "glass flakes" included in the mixture.
The interior of the show car has a bright and friendly appearance, dominated by the featured colour "ceramic", with a large instrument cluster in contrasting black. We will soon tell you more about this concept car, just show you here some photos…
Hans Knol ten Bensel