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Volkswagen has unveiled the new production model five-door Up! after patent drawings of the vehicle made their way to the web. The newest member to the Volkswagen small-car line is expected to land on dealer lots in Germany by early March, with availability opening up to the rest of Europe by summer. The vehicle will launch with the exact same engines and external dimensions as its three-door brethren. That means buyers will be able to opt for either a 60-horsepower, 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine or a 75 horsepower version of the same powerplant. Even so, Volkswagen anticipates roughly half of Up! buyers will opt for the new five-door bodystyle.

The five-door Up! does serve up a few stylistic changes over its three-door counterpart beyond the addition of two extra doors. For starters, the rear hatch is solid glass and the hatchback's side profile line is now basically straight from front to rear. In the three-door version, that line kicks up slightly as it heads toward the rear of the vehicle. Buyers can expect to pay $13,295 (including Europe's notorious taxes) at current conversion rates, which is a little over $600 more than the three-door hatch. Hit the jump for the full press release.
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The New Small Family is growing: four-door up! arrives on market early this year

Price is only 475 euros higher than that of the two-door

Wolfsburg, 23 January 2012 - All signs point to a big future for the small up!. In Germany, the two-door city specialist immediately garnered first place in its class in registration statistics. Now Volkswagen is raising the bar by presenting the four-door version of the up!. In May, the latest member of the New Small Family – Volkswagen's internal name for the model series – will arrive at dealers; advanced sales begin on the 6th of March (both dates for Germany). The four-door car will have launched on the entire European market by early summer.

Volkswagen anticipates that over half of all up! buyers will choose the four-door version. This version has identical engines (44 kW / 60 PS and 55 kW / 75 PS), equipment versions (take up!, move up!, high up!, black up!, white up!) and dimensions as the two-door cars. The four-door up! will be available in Germany at prices from 10,325 euros, including ESP – compared to the two-door, this represents an additional price of just 475 euros.

Lots of doors, and lots behind them!

With four doors, the look of the car's side profile has changed. While the lower window line of the two-door rises towards the rear near the C-pillars, it forms a straight line on the four-door car. This gives the new body version a high level of independence. The crisp and short body overhangs are also distinctive on the four-door. The front and rear sections are identical in both body versions. This also means that buyers of the four-door version will get to enjoy a bootlid whose outer skin consists of a continuous glass surface; this gives the bootlid the high-tech and high-end look of a smartphone. Located behind the bootlid is a boot with a 251 litre cargo capacity, which can be extended to up to 951 litres by folding down the rear backrest.

Comfortable driving with four persons!

The rear doors open wide and offer comfortable entry. The four-seat, four-door car offers the same good interior spaciousness as the two-door, which is remarkable given the vehicle's size. Headroom in the rear is 947 mm, while it is 993 mm in front. Legroom in the second row is a comfortable 789 mm. The seat height in the rear has a pleasant effect: the height of the so-called H-point – the relevant vertex of the angle formed by the seat surface and the backrest – is 378 mm in the rear, which is higher than in front (306 mm). This higher seat position lets rear passengers see better over the shoulders of the driver and front passenger. Just as important: there is plenty of space under the front seats for the feet of the rear passengers.

Ingenious systems for greater safety and convenience!

Volkswagen is offering the same optional features in both the two-door and four-door up!. They include systems such as City Emergency Braking. The up! is the first car in its class that can be automatically braked by such a function in a tight situation, in this case over a speed range from 5 to 30 km/h. Also available upon request is maps+more – a portable navigation and infotainment system with touchscreen. It contains a navigation system, a hands-free telephone unit, an informational display of various vehicle parameters and a media player. In addition, apps can be used to customise maps+more to personal requirements. With these features, the up! – as a two-door and four-door car – is clearly one of the most advanced small cars on the market.


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      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow that's.... not green
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        we've had these small cars with decent mileage in Europe for years so it's nothing new here and you wont get it in USA anyway..
      DaveMart
      • 3 Years Ago
      Details of the CNG version: They reckon it is cheaper than doing hybrid for a very small car: 'At the 2011 IAA, Volkswagen is presenting an up! which – thanks to its natural gas engine (EcoFuel) and BlueMotion Technology (Stop/Start system and battery regeneration) – emits just 79 g/km CO2, a new best value in CO2 emissions: the eco up!. So far, no one has documented such low emissions in a small car with CNG natural gas drive. Moreover, this fuel offers tremendous advantages: natural gas engines are very clean and receive favourable taxation benefits in such countries as Germany. When used in the smallest vehicle class, natural gas drives – besides achieving these best values in emissions – are significantly more economical than hybrid systems that are unrealistically expensive in the small car segment. So, even though the natural gas version of the eco up! with BlueMotion Technology is still a concept car at this IAA, by the time of next year’s IAA it will have long been on the road as a production vehicle. EcoFuel facts: Volkswagen is also using a newly developed 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine for the eco up!. It outputs 50 kW / 68 PS. As an EcoFuel version without BlueMotion Technology, the car will already launch on the market next year. Its combined fuel consumption: 3.2 kg/100 km natural gas (CNG = Compressed Natural Gas). This value is equivalent to a CO2 value of 86 g/km, which is already extremely low. As a BlueMotion Technology version in the style of the eco up!, fuel consumption drops to 2.5 kg/100 km and CO2emissions are reduced to the mentioned 79 g/km. As noteworthy as the environmental aspect: fuel costs per 100 km are well under 2.50 euros (price in Germany in August 2011)! It is hardly possible to drive more economically than this. Natural gas tanks in the underbody. These incredible values are made possible by the high energy content of the natural gas; one kg of CNG has the same energy content as about 1.5 litres of petrol. The natural gas is stored in 2 underfloor tanks (combined fuel capacity: 72 litres or 11 kg CNG) located near the rear axle. Tank 1 is located in front of the axle together with a 10-litre reserve petrol tank; tank 2 makes use of the spare wheel recess. Since the entire EcoFuel system was integrated in the vehicle structure, it does not impose any limitations on the car, except for the use of the spare wheel recess.' http://www.upownersclub.co.uk/vw-up/eco-up-the-up-for-clean-natural-gas/ If you have not got access to a plug for electric, or need more range, this looks good. To me, it seems a stunning engineering feat to get the gas tank in such a small car without compromising passenger or luggage space.
      throwback
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice to see VW back in the small car game, but they need to change the name. What was wrong with Lupo?
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      How much for the electric version? What there is no electric version? C'mon VW. Throw us a frickin' bone.
        Noz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        In the USA, the wishes of the smart few are far outweighed by the stupidity of the masses....
        Letstakeawalk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        The EV version is still planned for a 2013 release. "The German giant has confirmed it will then release the all-electric e-Up in Europe in 2013, powered by a 60kW/210Nm electric motor and 18kWh battery pack. To be dubbed Up Blue-e-Motion, it can reach a top speed of 135km/h and can travel about 130km on a single charge." http://www.goauto.com.au/mellor/mellor.nsf/story2/E4DDDE4E8059DDE1CA2579340005DCCC
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          BTW I live in a flat with no way of charging an electric vehicle.
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          It'd get pretty wet if it tried! Seriously, I doubt it, as European companies just hate trying to sell their smallest cars there, as the structure of the market means that they have to price it so low that they will never make a profit. That single clutch automatic gearbox is likely to be pretty ropy too - of course many here drive manuals, so that doesn't worry them. The Fiesta-sized Polo has a superb double clutch auto gearbox though, far better than the Ford.
          Spec
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          Will it make it to the USA?
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          The CNG version is the one that catches my eye. Could be a useful alternative for those who need more range than the electric.
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          why not a Hummer while you're at it Dave
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          What on earth are you talking about? With the present grid in most countries emissions from a CNG vehicle will be close to that of an electric, as would the energy consumption. The only thing that concerns me is how much room the tank would take in this very small car.
      Arun Murali
      • 3 Years Ago
      The world could do with one more small car...... Hmmm.... I guesss......... Ooh Full glass back door, Ill keep my printout there saying embarrassing things.
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