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Volkswagen “up!” Commuter Car Will Replace the Lupo

Volkswagen has announced that their latest small car, called the up!, will be shown for the first time at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

The up! will replace the Lupo model and is expected to become the company’s best selling car, with prices expected to start from around £8,500 (approximately $13,500 or €9,500).

Apart from the name the new VW is a traditional small commuter car for the city with a choice of two three-cylinder turbo-charged petrol engines, with power outputs of 60 PS and 75 PS.  Fuel consumption (including a Stop/Start system) will be around 65mpg (4.2l/100 km) for the 60 PS version, and CO2 emissions are less than 100 g/km.  In the future VW say that they may also release an all-electric version, but no diesel option will be offered.

There will be three trim levels: the take up! is the entry-level car, the move up! is the comfort-oriented model and the high up! is the top version.  All will be available with the optional City Emergency Braking system, which using laser technology to detect the risk of an imminent collision when the car is travelling at less than 18mph and brakes automatically if necessary.

At only 3.54 metres in length, 1.64 metres in width and 1.48 metres in height the up! is shorter and narrower than a VW Polo and is a full four-seater according to Volkwagen. It features a 251-litre boot, which is one of the largest in its class, rising to a 951 litres with the rear seats folded flat.

Volkswagen are also offering the maps + more system, a mobile Personal Infotainment Device (PID), which organises and links navigation, telephone, information and entertainment. It can also be used to see vehicle-specific information such as the display of the parking sensors, with further apps being released in the future.

Further details, including confirmed pricing and delivery times, will be released closer to the car’s launch at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

About Carlton Boyce

Carlton Boyce
Carlton Boyce is a freelance journalist and photographer covering all aspects of the motoring industry.

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