2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 front 3/4 view

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 rear 3/4 view

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 front 3/4 view

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 rear 3/4 view

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 side view

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 front view

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 rear view

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 front 3/4 view

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 rear 3/4 view

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 headlight

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 side detail

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 wheel

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 side camera

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 badge

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 badge

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 rear wheel cover

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 fuel door

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 charging port

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 engine cover

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 engine

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 engine

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 cargo area

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 interior

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 interior

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 seats

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 steering wheel

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 gauges

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 infotainment system

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 infotainment system

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 trip information display

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 navigation system

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 climate controls

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 EV button

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 shifter

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 side camera display

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 side camera display

  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1
  • 2014 Volkswagen XL1 door speaker

According to a report in Autocar, Volkswagen might have more in mind for the XL1 than mining it for advances to grace the next-generation Golf. Aiming to fight the Honda FCEV due for public consumption next year, we're told VW executives have put a four-door, four-seater version of the XL1 - it could be called XL2 - on the drawing board. The impetus is said to come from the top, with VW Group chairman Ferdinand Piëch intent on staying in the deep end of "super-efficent vehicles."

Autocar suspects the necessary changes could raise the weight of the car from 1,749 pounds to 2,068 pounds, which would make it four pounds less than the 2,072-pound Up! we drove a few years ago. Crucially, however, the mag thinks the extra capacity wouldn't change the two-seater's 310-mile-per-gallon rating, with tech tweaks and the aerodynamic benefit of a longer car offsetting the weight. Speculation is that the back seats would be staggered like the fronts in order to maintain the XL1's overall profile.

We recently heard about another XL1 variant that's gone off the radar entirely, the Ducati-engined XLR that we thought we'd see at the Geneva Motor Show and that was said to be going into production, so this one could go the same way. The biggest hurdle to making such an idea a reality, though, could be the price: the current XL1 costs 110,000 euros ($146,116). If VW really is going to compete with the Honda FCEV and the Toyota FCV - $70,000 in Japan - that might be where it wants to start.

I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • Share This Photo X