At launch, it will be offered with a new 1.0-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine available with either 60 hp or 75 hp. When opted with VW's BlueMotion Technology that includes an auto stop/start system, the 60 hp version returns a combined fuel consumption figure of 4.2L/100km while the 75hp version drinks a little more at 4.3L/100km. Both versions are said to emit less than 100 g/km CO2. A natural gas engine with 68 hp will follow at a later date.
Despite its compact dimensions, the up! promises to offer accommodation for four adults thanks to the long 2.42 m wheelbase and the forward mounting of the engine which maximizes interior space. The German automaker noted that the up! Will be the only model in its class to offer the City Emergency Braking System. The latter is an active safety system that operates automatically at speeds under 18 mph and uses a laser sensor to assess the risk of an accident. If the driver doesn’t react, the system will automatically activates the brakes in order to lessen the severity of the collision.
The up! will be available in three different trim versions with “Take up!” as the entry level model. The “move up!” is comfort oriented and the “high up!” is the top of the line version. I am glad that the up! does not feature the familiar VW front fascia. Perhaps the up! could hint the next design philosophy of the People’s brand.