Earlier this year, we caught the Volkswagen XL1 testing in some cold-weather climates, and as the ultra-fuel-efficient hybrid gets closer to production, some more spy photos have surfaced showing the car performing hot-weather tests. A production version of this diesel plug-in hybrid car is expected to return 235 miles per gallon, and it could be on sale in limited numbers by next year.

Looking very much like the 2011 Volkswagen XL1 Concept, this prototype stands out with its streamlined shape and its inset, narrow rear track. The last time we saw the XL1 in prototype form, it had door mirrors mounted outside the car either as camouflage or in place of the side cameras, but these latest shots show that the car will in fact rely on cameras for driver visibility. The lack of door mirrors should help keep the car sleek – Volkswagen listed the concept's drag coefficient at just 0.186. This car is also missing the full rear-wheel covers that will give the car optimal aerodynamics.

With the gullwing-like doors open, we can also see some of the interior, which has a very similar appearance as the concept including the large gauge cluster, navigation screen, shift lever and center stack controls. The instrument panel and A-pillar look to made from carbon fiber. One thing we can't see from this shot is the arrangement of the passenger seats. The concept car featured an offset seating configuration, and it isn't clear if this will carry over to the production design.

From these shots we can also see into the rear engine compartment showing a large cooling fan over what is expected to be a small, two-cylinder diesel engine. This efficient engine combined with a 27-horsepower electric motor and seven-speed DSG transmission is what will help give this car its triple-digit fuel economy numbers.


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      Rollk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gotta applaud VW for taking a chance and designing something that's unlike anything else on the road... well, except that it looks like a modern EV1 and the i8 will look more modern and most likely more sexy. But still, good job VW.
        Shiftright
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rollk
        Actually looks like a car from the 21st century, whereas most modern cars dont seem too different from the ones in the 90's
      hadji murad
      • 2 Years Ago
      this thing is badass.
      TheLinkster
      • 2 Years Ago
      Volkswagen, TAKE MY MONEY!!!! I know darn well VW wont bring this marvel to the US, but if by the grace of god that they do, I'll order one ASAP.
      guyverfanboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting looking car. I bet this will have an insane price tag.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @guyverfanboy
        [blocked]
      drewpy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fuel efficiency like this is the only way to justify the cost differential...I'd pay extra for the ability to stretch my fill ups to two months, regardless of the fun to drive factor.
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @drewpy
        What is the differential cost of rear seat entertainment? How about the cost benfefit analysis of heated leather seats? Some (most) people buy cars like these because they like the technology. Not sitting down and figuring the monthly return on investment.
          drewpy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Drakkon
          Guess I don't have an answer to that... Not really a consideration for me when talking strictly about hybrid mpgs vs non hybrid equivalent...
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Science fiction gets a little closer. I see this in some future Tom Cruise movie. It certainly is not the 'every car' is it? Very neat technology for a very enthusiastic sliver of drivers.
      Alex Ko
      • 2 Years Ago
      hey, SVX windows are back!
      Anon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hybridfahrzeug. That is all.
      Beardinals
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd take 100mpg for a better looking (and performing) vehicle.
      walterweasel
      • 2 Years Ago
      By the time the Feds add the changes to sell it here..........................19mpg!!!!!
      Soyntgo4it
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ugly
      Tweaker
      • 2 Years Ago
      More nonsense hype from VW. Anybody taking bets on these numbers? Please?
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