Presented by Volkswagen at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Up! Lite Concept is a compact four-seater hybrid focused on efficiency which thanks to its 0.8 liter engine, the aerodynamic design and the weight under 700 kg achieves a fuel consumption of 2.4 liter/100km.
Premiered at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Up! Lite is defined by Volkswagen as "the world’s most fuel-efficient four-seater". It consumes 2.44 l/100 km (70 mpg/highway) and achieves CO2 emissions of just 65 g/km.
The Up! Lite features a hybrid powertrain consisting of a new TDI engine with 38 kW/51 hp, an electric motor designed as a pulse start module (starter, alternator and E-drive) and 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG).
Compared to the E-Up! concept car presented at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, he Up! Lite is lower in profile and – to satisfy more demanding aerodynamic requirements – it is longer, nearly reaching the length of the Polo (3.98 meters). The resulting drag coefficient Cd value is 0.237.
The safety frame is made of aluminium, steel and carbon fiber.
The design of the car is characterized by clean lines, as though sculpted from a block of aluminium.
The radiator grille closes and opens automatically depending on the cooling needs of the engine (“active thermal management”).
The Up! Lite concept has a top speed of 160 km/h (100 mph) and accelerates to 100 km/h in a 12.5 seconds.
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