The production version of Volkswagen's new small car has been revealed, and the company predicts it will be its biggest seller by 2018
The VW Up is 430mm shorter, 40mm narrower and 20mm higher than the three-door Polo (it's about the same size as a Fiat 500), and Volkswagen says its compact footprint and space utilisation make it ideal for city driving.
Interior space is emphasised by the use of a 2420mm wheelbase that provides the Up with ultra-short overhangs. Along with seating for four adults, the Up also offers 251 litres of luggage space, extending to 951 litres with the rear seats folded.
The unique design features of the Up include a large front bumper featuring a low-set, rectangular grille, round foglights and large, angular headlights.
The Up will be sold with a new turbocharged 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine producing 59hp, or 74hp with added boost pressure. A five-speed manual gearbox will be standard, with an automated clutchless ’box offered as an option after launch.
Fuel economy in the two versions is rated at 67.3mpg and 65.7mpg respectively, with CO2 emissions below 100g/km. There is no diesel option, but a 86g/km natural gas-powered version is planned, as is a plug-in electric Up in late 2013.
Trim levels when it goes on sale next year include the entry-level Take Up, a more comfort-orientated Move Up and the range-topping High Up. Two special editions based on the High Up will be available: the Up Black and Up White, which come with colour-keyed interiors.