VW up! officially unveiled

These are the first pictures of the production version of VW’s up! city car.

Ahead of its pubic debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September, VW have revealed pictures and details of the new car which uses the philosophy of “maximum space on a minimal footprint.”

The up! uses short overhangs and clever packaging to accommodate four seats while only measuring 3.54m in length, making it one of the smallest four-seater cars on sale.

The up! will be come with an all new 3-cylinder 1.0L engine which will be available with 59bhp or 74bhp. The 59bhp version will also be available as a BlueMotion model which will be capable of 67mpg and will produce less than 100g/km CO2.

The interior of the up! features body colour segments and many equipment options such as maps + more which is a “mobile Personal Infotainment Device” which slots into place on the dashboard and features a touchscreen for navigation, telephone and entertainment purposes as well a number of apps which are being developed.

The up! is also available with City Emergency Braking system which uses lasers to detect objects when traveling under 18mph and can automatically apply the brakes to avoid or lessen the severity of any potential collisions.

The up! will go on sale in Europe in December in three different trim levels; the entry level ‘take-up!’, the mid-range ‘move-up!’ and the top-spec ‘high-up!’ with two special ‘high-up!’ editions called the ‘up! black’ and the ‘up! white’.

Full price lists will be announced closer to the launch date but it is rumoured that the starting price will undercut the cheapest three-door Polo by around £1000 (€1144).

Source: VW

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