VW Twin-Up! Diesel & Electric Sandwiched!!

Volkswagen unveiled the production version of its diesel-electric
hybrid concept the Twin-Up! at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show few days ago, which shares bits of futurity with the XL1.

As the name suggests, the Twin Up! is primarily the VW Up!
City car with dual drive sources – an 800cc 2-cylinder Turbo charged common
rail diesel
motor churning out 47 bhp and 119 Nm, coupled with an electric
motor picking up 47 bhp and 139 Nm at its fullest. Worth to note is the fact
that the diesel motor is same as the one used in the famed XL1, while the
electric motor is 20 bhp
more powerful than in the XL1, making the Twin Up! a
studious development. 

With its combined system output of 74 bhp in hybrid mode,
the Twin Up! claims 0-100 km/h in 15.3 secs with a top speed electronically
limited to 140 km/h. Average Co2 emission is at just 27g/km for a mileage of
1.1 litre of diesel per 100 kms! A greener driver purely on electric power is
pegged at 31 miles.
All these makes the Twin Up! an important model in the VW’s
fleet of hybrid vehicles under development. 
Image Courtesy: www.indianautosblog.com
*This article was originally written by the author for the Indian Autos Blog. 

Dhiyanesh Ravichandran

Dhiyanesh is equally crazy about driving cars and writing about them. This guy loves everything with a steering wheel, so, at someday if self-driving cars take up all driving, he is sure to go nuts! He likes sedans of 90s era, esp W140 S-Class and R34 Skyline GT. Apart from usual motoring stuffs, he maintains a strong appetite for sociological perspectives on cars, their historical and cultural footprints. He owns a 1999 Fiat Siena passionately, and drives a Ford Fiesta.