VW targets Toyota Prius with the Volkswagen XL3

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It’s no secret that Volkswagen has and still is experiencing some criticism of the diesel emissions scandal. Their reaction, I reckon, is quite heroic as they’re being quite futuristic because the automaker has shifted its focus and investment more to a set of all-electric and hybrid components. Volkswagen aims to expand its EV stream including a new model that is to stand alongside the GTE-badged plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles, and of course with the Toyota Prius being the face of green cars, Volkswagen is placing a bespoke rival for it which is said to take the Volkswagen XL3 name.

According to Auto Express, who heard directly from VW’s recently appointed team leader Dr Herbert Diess, that the company may be committed to electric cars and hybrids built on their regular MQB platform but Dr Diess can already see the advantages of switching to a chassis designed specifically for electric cars.

Dr Diess explains to Auto Express “If you look further, then it’s probably worthwhile thinking of an entirely new architecture because then you can let go of the technical components you put in the car because of the combustion engine”. One of the advantages of a new platform according to Dr Diess, is space in the cabin, he further elaborates: “For a full EV, you get one size bigger on the interior for the exterior dimensions, so in the length of a Golf you get the interior of a Passat”.

Although likely to be compatible with the MQB platform, Volkswagen’s new electric platform is called MEB as we’ve heard of it in some of their reported electric car news. The compatibility allows for electric cars to be built on the same lines as the internal combustion engine cars.

Auto Express report that the XL3 is likely to combine a 30 horsepower electric motor with a detuned version of Volkswagen’s 1.4 litre TSI engine. It will also have the ability to deactivate cylinders to further improve its fuel economy. The battery is set to be rather modest, and therefore so is the mile range, but the overall fuel consumption is said to be around 3l/100km or 94mpg.

Image credit: Auto Express

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