Like anyone who has ever lived or worked in a city for too long, Volkswagen’s city car model took a much needed break but has come back refreshed and revamped.
The rejuvenated Volkswagen up! is on the horizon, with the new model set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. As well as a new visual, the updated vehicle also features a new turbo petrol engine.
The Volkswagen up! (which really should have thought about a change in name whilst on its little vacation because ‘up!’ defies both grammar and natural intonation patterns) is expected to keep its £8,945 price and will be available in the summer. Amongst the changes the most notable features are its new engine, a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol with 89bhp. It will still remain economical, however, with a reported 64mpg and 102g/km but for the environmentally conscious less powerful, non-turbo models will remain available in the range, as will the electric E-Up.
Exterior changes to the model include LED daytime running lights, with some new rear lights, door mirrors, a rear diffuser and redesigned bumpers all shaping the up!’s (we still hate the name) new appearance. Inside, the up! sees itself decked out with new seats, extra colours on the dashboard, a multi-function steering wheel and a new air-conditioning system with integrated air filter. Smartphone integration has been improved, with new functions for the infotainment system that are easily controlled using your phone. There’s a range of customisation options for the new up! including thirteen colours, sticker designs, three different roof colours and two interior colours. In the top range models you can add coloured ambient lights inside the car and heated seating too. For the real city slicker amongst you, there is also, the Up Beats special edition which comes with a 300 watt stereo crafted by the good doctor himself, Dr Dre.
The up! has always been thought of as one of the better city cars available and these changes will only bring the up!… up.