As soon as you look at Volkswagen's smallest car, numerous changes catch the eye: from the bumper, via the rear diffuser, the wing mirrors with integrated indicator lights and the headlights with LED daytime running lights all the way to the rear lights, the up! has a totally new look. Alongside the two familiar petrol engines delivering 44 kW/60 PS and 55 kW/75 PS, the nippy 1.0 TSI (66 kW/90 PS) now provides greater dynamic handling and even more driving fun. The new three-cylinder engine is the most powerful in the range so far, and its first turbo. From this summer the small trendsetter's product portfolio will be further expanded by the addition of the efficient, electrically powered e-up! (60 kW/82 PS) and the eco-up! powered by natural gas (50 kW/68 PS).
Another new feature in the up! is the optional 'maps + more dock' for smartphone integration: simply click into the centre console, link up via Bluetooth and, hey presto, thanks to the Volkswagen app the smartphone becomes an infotainment system with navigation function and on-board computer.
The new up! provides impressive scope for personalisation: in addition to the new exterior colours, highly contrasting roof colours, quirky decal designs and coloured alloy wheels, a variety of dashpad and seat designs are available for the interior as well. On top of that, Volkswagen is for the first time offering the up! with multifunction leather steering wheel, Pure Air Climatronic (automatic air conditioning) and reversing camera.
To coincide with the start of advance sales, Volkswagen is also launching the new special edition up! beats. It has a 300-watt sound system as standard and has been exclusively fine-tuned for Volkswagen by US audio specialists BeatsAudio™.
Despite the additional standard features (including central locking with RF remote control and LED daytime running lights), the base model of the new up! costs less than its predecessor: just €9,850. The special edition up! beats model starts from €13,150.