2010 Volkswagen Up! Lite concept

Volkswagen unveiled today at the Los Angeles Auto Show the 2010 Up! Lite concept, the latest addition to the Up! line-up. The new Up! Lite concept is powered by a hybrid system that includes a TDI (turbo-diesel), an electric motor and 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG).

The newly designed 0.8 TDI two-cylinder turbo-diesel engine delivers a total of 51 hp. At the push of a button the new Up! Lite activates the Eco mode that reduces the power to 36 hp.

Volkswagen Up! Lite concept

In two of its operating phases, the hybrid drive of the Up! Lite was designed to operate without any TDI propulsion at all. First phase: In so-called coast-down, activated by the driver taking his or her foot off the gas pedal (car coasts, TDI engine is shut off). Second phase: Over shorter distances, e.g. in residential areas, the E-motor can power the Up! Lite all by itself. In this case, a lithium-ion battery supplies the energy. Since it is capable of pure electric driving, the configuration is classified as a full hybrid. Shifting work is handled by a 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) like the one used in the new Polo. Moreover, the Volkswagen is equipped with a Stop-Start system.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Volkswagen – Europe’s strongest automotive brand – is setting standards worldwide when it comes to efficiency with its clean high-tech TDI and TSI engines. Now this is being followed up by latest coup at the Los Angeles Auto Show (December 4 to 13): the world premiere of the Up! Lite A progressive, fuel efficient and in all details cleverly designed four-seater with a hybrid drive. Combined fuel consumption: 2.44 l/100 km or 70 mpg/highway! No other car is more sustainable.

Volkswagen Up! Lite concept

With a drive concept consisting of a TDI (turbo-diesel), electric motor and 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) as well as top aerodynamics (Cd value: 0.237), Volkswagen is driving CO2 emissions down to a sensational 65 g/km. This makes the three-door concept the world’s most fuel efficient car – and from the perspective of its overall CO2 footprint the world’s most environmentally friendly four-seat car as well. Both technically and visually, the Up! Lite is a preview of the future. The image of the car body with its clean lines, as though sculpted from a block of aluminium, underscores just how fascinating a car tuned to aerodynamic perfection can look.

The ideal car for the daily commute to work

The technically challenging 2-Liter fuel consumption car might be launched globally. Many of the components of the 695 kilogram light Volkswagen are based on those of the future New Small Family, an entirely new model series that is already scheduled for market launch in initial countries at the end of 2011. The Up! Lite concept continues the Volkswagen strategy of offering high-tech and high-end quality in all of its vehicle classes, making progress affordable for every car driver. The Up! Lite was designed to be a versatile vehicle that makes trips into the city, commutes to work and naturally long trips as well significantly less expensive and more eco-friendly.

Hybrid drive enables electric driving

Volkswagen Up! Lite concept

The centerpiece of the Up! Lite powertrain is the newly designed 0.8 TDI two-cylinder turbo-diesel engine with a power of 38 kW / 51 PS. Furthermore, the electric motor (10 kW) – designed as a pulse start module (starter, alternator and E-drive) – also reduces the load of the TDI, provides added propulsion (boosting) and works to recover kinetic energy (regenerative braking). During boost phases – e.g. in a quick passing maneuver – the TDI and E-motor combine for a total power of 48 kW / 65 PS. Incidentally, a version of the TDI used in the Up! Lite was also used aboard the L1 concept car that Volkswagen presented in September at the IAA Motor Show in Frankfurt.

In two of its operating phases, the hybrid drive of the Up! Lite was designed to operate without any TDI propulsion at all. First phase: In so-called coast-down, activated by the driver taking his or her foot off the gas pedal (car coasts, TDI engine is shut off). Second phase: Over shorter distances, e.g. in residential areas, the E-motor can power the Up! Lite all by itself. In this case, a lithium-ion battery supplies the energy. Since it is capable of pure electric driving, the configuration is classified as a full hybrid. Shifting work is handled by a 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) like the one used in the new Polo. Moreover, the Volkswagen is equipped with a Stop-Start system.

Volkswagen Up! Lite concept

Comfort and safety without compromises

Naturally, on the Up! Lite there is nothing lacking in comfort or safety. ESP is on board, airbags are on board, ample space is on board, highly advanced information and control features are on board, and it is good to know that occupants are enclosed and protected by a highly innovative safety frame of aluminium, steel and carbon fiber. The Volkswagen concept has a top speed of 160 km/h (100 mph) and accelerates to 100 km/h in a respectable 12.5 seconds (0-60 mph in 12 seconds).

"Made in Germany"

Overall, the Up! Lite is a prime example of the art of innovative engineering with the "Made in Germany" seal. And indeed not only because of its efficient powertrain and lightweight body construction. Other examples include: The radiator grille that closes and opens automatically depending on the cooling needs of the engine ("active thermal management"); and instead of a classic rearview mirror, three cameras perform this job better and more aerodynamically; when the car is parked in the summer, hot air is vented to outside the vehicle ("passive park ventilation"); an "optimized Easy-Entry feature" enables extremely comfortable entry and exit from the rear seating area; longitudinal adjustments to the driver and front passenger seats automatically adjusts seat height as well; when folding the rear bench seat, the seatback is easily unlatched by folding the rear head restraints forward ("Easy Switch"); many vehicle features (including ventilation, Internet, telephone, MP3, video, telephone, trip computer, radio) are controlled centrally via an intuitive touchscreen with hand movement sensors.

Design of the world of tomorrow

Volkswagen Up! Lite concept

Even the most innovative car must look good to really be fun. And the Up! Lite with its "Liquid Blue Metallic" exterior is fun. That is because the 3.84 meter long, 1.40 meter tall and 1.60 meter wide Up! Lite makes a futuristic, bold and – in its form – very independent appearance. It is a car that looks as though it were cast from a single mould. Compared to the E-Up! concept car presented at the 2009 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, it is lower in profile and – to satisfy even more demanding aerodynamic requirements – it is longer, nearly reaching the length of the Polo (3.98 meters).

The styling itself portrays a compact vehicle that genuinely reflects its sustainable drive system and overall progressive concept. At the rear, the Up! Lite has the appearance of a distinctive hatchback sports car. As a result, the broad shoulder section is definitely reminiscent of the Scirocco. Furthermore, the look of the lower area is dominated by the large glass surface of the hatch, the LED rear lights and the rear fog lights (c-shaped) integrated in the bumper in typical Up! style. The counterparts of these lights are found in the front bumper as front fog lights.

Volkswagen Up! Lite concept

The car’s side profile has clean styling with markedly smooth surfaces. There are no edges except for the upper tornado line, the wheel wells and a connection line integrated there. The side cameras that replace the outside mirrors look like winglets on the wings of a cargo plane. A novel stylistic and technical feature: the 18-inch wheels are produced from a combination of aluminium and carbon fiber. That is because sports appeal and fuel economy do not need to be mutually exclusive.

Already thinking about tomorrow today

By the way: In Europe, Volkswagen is currently demonstrating that minimal fuel consumption can be realized in all segments today, in the latest versions of the Polo (3.3 l/100 km; 58 mpg/highway), Golf (3.8 l/100 km; 51 mpg/highway) and Passat (4.4 l/100 km; 48 mpg/highway).

Volkswagen Up! Lite concept

15 comments:

Strange wheels! he he... I find it interesting and quite impressive. I love its
refreshing body paint and interior details. Is it true that it is the world’s most fuel efficient
four seater? That’s cool!

The wheels really caught my attention, and I found it so cool! I also love the comfort and safety features of this Volkswagen Up Lite concept. When will be the market production of this one?

This Volkswagen UP lite concept is really awesome, I love the wheels of this concept it emphasized the unique image of it. Well, it is truly a great concept.

It is great that this Lite concept had a TDI and a DSG. Well, it is still unique to me, especially on its wheel’s design, very cool! However, I’m sure that it is an electric vehicle which is really so unreliable.

The design of front light really caught my attention, I’m kinda impress with this for being a unique one.

This Volkswagen UP lite concept is really awesome, I love the wheels of this concept it emphasizes the unique image of it. Well, it is really a great concept.

It is great that this Lite concept had a TDI and a DSG. Well, it is still unique for me even with the wheels of it. I found it so cool.

I love the wheels. It’s so pretty! Aside from that I find it so impressive, the exterior design even the color is pretty cool. Nice concept Volkswagen!

Sweet. That is a good 70 MPG. Is that city driving or not? Well, I do hope that they create a video review of it soon, I mean the real one. It’s kinda hard to trust a CGI created video.

@chris_cortez : I think this is only their concept of the car. They should make some upgrades or additional features of the car that can make it faster.

Very nice design on the outside and the rims are very unique. If they made this car hybrid, they should add speed or power to the engine through the use of it’s electricity.

For fuel efficiency, this Volkswagen will win on the matter to the extend that they reduce the power to give way to the eco-friendly concept. They converted it into a hybrid hatchback.

Volkswagen claims that the Up! Lite Concept is the world’s most fuel-efficient four seater. It consumes just 2.44 l/100 km on the highway (70 mpg).

the original Up! concepts are ruined forever

It looks like the mazda 3 hatch when viewed on side except for the rear doors. but surely this one will beat the mazda 3 in terms of fuel efficiency and weight.. and it is also claimed as the world’s most fuel efficient four seater.

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