Utilizing a revised version of the XL1‘s drivetrain, the twin-up! features an 800 cc two-cylinder TDI engine developing 35 kW (48 hp) and 120 Nm of torque, mated to a seven-speed DSG transmission, along with an electric motor producing 35 kW (47 hp) and 139 Nm – up from 20 kW (27 hp) and 100 Nm.
With a combined output of 55 kW (75 hp) and 214 Nm, 0-60 km/h (37 mph) takes 8.8 seconds and 100 km/h arrives in 15.7s while top speed is limited to 140 km/h (87 mph) in hybrid mode. Amazingly, Volkswagen says it can cover 100 kilometres with just 1.1 litres of fuel (257 MPG) with CO2 emissions of 27g/km. Weighing 410 kg more than the XL1 at 1205 kg, the twin-up!’s tank is 23 litres larger at 33 litres, while its upgraded 8.6 kWh battery allows a range of 50 kilometres (31 miles) at speeds up to 125 km/h (78 mph) in electric mode.
Visible differences on the twin-up! concept include Sparkling White paintwork with blue glass flakes mixed in, ‘Think Blue’ striping and C-shape LED running lights, while the interior receives blue piping on the seats and trim along with a new digital climate control system – a first for any Volkswagen – which utilizes a high-resolution AMOLED display and touchscreen controls.
Pricing is rumoured to start at around the €26,000 mark when it eventually swings into production.