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By SYF77 on 29 Aug 2011

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The production version of Volkswagen's up! Small city car has been officially revealed ahead of its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The mini VW measures just 3.54 m long and 1.64 m wide, making it some 400mm shorter and 40mm narrower than the Polo. The production version will adopt a front-engine, front-wheel drive setup.

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.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Proton_neutron Aug 29 2011 10:39 PM
Ain't this the VW Lupo replacement???
Friendstar Aug 29 2011 11:50 PM
how much will it cost?
SYF77 Aug 30 2011 01:10 PM
proton - yes, this is the lupo replacement
freindstar - the pricing is not out yet.
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