Volkswagen ups the appeal of city car

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Volkswagen ups the appeal of city car

Volkswagen will unveil a significantly facelifted version of its up! city car at the Geneva Motor Show on 1st March.

Chief among wide-ranging changes to the popular small car is a new 89bhp TSI petrol engine. According to VW this unit shows the progress that has been made by offering similar levels of performance to the first Golf GTI pioneer hot hatch of the early 1980s, alongside combined cycle fuel economy of more than 62mpg and predicted CO2 emissions of just 102g/km.

The most powerful engine yet offered in the up! and its first turbo, the three-cylinder 1-litre unit also offers 118lbft of torque, available from 1,500rpm. As a result the up! will pass 62mph from rest in 10 seconds and go on to 115mph.

Significant styling changes are applied to the up! which VW hopes will give a more purposeful look to compete with major rivals such as Fiat’s 500.

The car gains new bumpers, new headlights with LED daytime running lights, new rear lights, a new rear diffuser and door mirrors with integrated indicator lights.

VW is also seeking to further exploit today’s trend to personalisation of small cars with 13 body colours, three roof colours and 10 different dashpad designs available for the new up!.

Even the interior lighting is personalised – buyers of high up! variants get white ambient lighting, in cross up! models the colour is orange, and electric e-up variants get the signature blue colour.

Inside the car benefits from recent connectivity improvements with what VW describes as the New Composition Phone radio system which includes smartphone integration. A new 300W sound system is also part of the package, while the air conditioning has also been upgraded.

VW says that the new versions will go on sale in the summer of 2016. Prices are still to be detailed but will be at the level of the current model, with more equipment.

Andrew Charman

Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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