A facelifted Volkswagen Up has been revealed with a raft of new features including a new engine, new equipment and a restyled exterior. Do these changes make this capable city car the ultimate supermini? Read on to find out…
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New Volkswagen Up styling
The original Volkswagen Up managed to blend surprising practicality with city-friendly proportions in an attractive and easy-to-drive package. Thankfully the new model is no different. The main changes are redesigned front and rear bumpers that house LED daytime running lights and a sporty rear bumper with a plastic diffuser. The most powerful Up model can now be identified by its visible exhaust tip.
The front and rear lights are exclusive to the new model, as are the redesigned door mirrors with integrated indicators. The new front fog lights feature built-in cornering lights and rain-sensing functions. Customers can choose from a palette of 13 colours, seven of which are brand new to the Up range.
New Volkswagen Up interior
Like the exterior, you have to look closely to spot the changes – limited to a new steering wheel and more angular centre console control area. The dashboard can be specified in a new range of colours to compliment the new seat fabric designs. A multi-function steering wheel, climate control and a 300W upgraded sound system are all available on the new Up.
A new Bluetooth smartphone integration system has been developed to allow infotainment and sat-nav functions to be monitored using either a 3.1- or 5.0-inch dashboard-mounted screen – the latter of which can also utilise the phone as an infotainment screen. This ‘Maps + More’ docking system can also control a range of functions, from adjusting the radio to hands-free calls and, in the e-Up, check the charging status of the batteries.
New Volkswagen Up driving and engines
The new Up now offers a three-cylinder 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine with 89hp. This unit is more powerful than any offered in the old model thanks to the addition of a turbocharger to boost both performance and efficiency.
This engine is the most powerful ever offered in the Up, yet it’s frugal enough to cover nearly 500 miles on a single tank of fuel. The two existing 59 and 74hp 1.0-litre petrol engines will also be available in the new model alongside the all-electric e-Up and natural gas powered eco-Up for European markets.
New Volkswagen Up price
The new Up will cost the same as comparable outgoing models when it’s launched in the UK. We expect the entry-level 1.0-litre model to cost just less than £9,000, with the most expensive model, the e-Up, costing approximately £25,000.
New Volkswagen Up release date
The new Up will be shown to the public at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March. This new model is expected to go on sale in the UK in late summer 2016.
New Volkswagen Up teaser video
Volkswagen has released a teaser video (above) that previews the new Up. In the footage, we get a sense for the incremental upgrades including the new styling, enhanced smartphone integration and the new engine.
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