The last time we saw the Volkswagen Cross Up!, it was sitting out in the snow in prototype form, but the next time we'll see this slightly more rugged version of the diminutive Up! hatchback will be when it makes its production debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Looking like a micro-crossover with its raised ground clearance and black cladding, the Cross Up! will be the fourth "Cross" model for VW (after the CrossPolo, CrossGolf and CrossTouran) when it goes on sale this summer in mainland Europe (UK sales remain up in the air and US sales are highly unlikely).

Overall, the styling of the production Cross Up! has stayed fairly true to the 2011 concept car, including the front and rear fascias that offer a more rugged look, stocky 16-inch wheels and roof rack side rails. Inside, this model will get unique interior enhancements such as "Cross Up!" sill plates and an instrument panel available in red, black or silver. Like the regular Up!, the Cross Up! is powered by a 74-horsepower, 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine paired to a five-speed manual transmission, and it doesn't look like all-wheel drive will be part of the picture. For more details on the upcoming Cross Up!, check out VW's press release posted below.
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RUGGED-LOOKING CROSS UP! READY FOR GENEVA SHOW DEBUT

Volkswagen is expanding its range of striking Cross models with the Cross up!, which will go on sale in Europe from late summer. It will join the CrossPolo, CrossGolf and CrossTouran models, which have been a big success in Europe.

Cross models are individualised Volkswagen models with a particularly rugged design and tough, lifestyle qualities. Thanks to numerous striking exterior elements, the Cross up! is instantly recognisable as a stand-alone model: sideways on, for example, black mouldings on the wheel arches and sills, plus full-length door protector strips topped with 'Cross up!' lettering create a sporty look. Further unmistakable features of the Cross up! include the silver roof rails, the wing mirrors in a light silver metallic finish and bumpers also incorporating silver elements. The robust, sporty character is defined above all by the extra ride height and the 'Cross' 16-inch alloys with a high-sheen finish and 185/50 tyres.

High-quality details are also to be found in the interior of the Cross up!, from kick-plates with 'Cross up!' lettering to seats in a special trim (in a choice of red or anthracite), an instrument panel with high-quality dash-pad (in a choice of red, black or dark silver), and a leather-covered steering wheel and handbrake lever.

The Cross up! is equipped to a high specification: included as standard are remote central locking, electric front windows, fog lights, electrically adjustable heated wing mirrors, an asymmetrically split, folding rear seat with headrests, a variable-height boot floor, a rev counter, a multifunction display and ESC electronic stability programme.

A 55 kW / 75 PS three-cylinder petrol engine combined with a five-speed manual transmission serve as the power train for the lifestyle-oriented Cross up!, which is available in Germany from late summer at a starting price of €13,925. UK sales are under consideration, but not confirmed.


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      axiomatik
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's a sharp little car, and it's a shame we won't get to see these UP(s) in the US. Obviously, cars this small are a niche market, but I'd be willing to bet that it is a market that will grow as gas prices remain high. Gas prices are getting people to reconsider just how large of a vehicle they need.
        Rob
        • 1 Year Ago
        @axiomatik
        We can\'t even get the Polo is the USA, which is far more pratical than this. Unless you never leave the city or your an empty nester tootling around a small town at 25 to 30mph this vehicle is \"niche\" and like the FIAT 500 and Smart, the price will not be considered a value for what you get. Sales would be mostly likely very slow
      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      No thanks. I'd be interested in a turbo-diesel or hybrid Bus concept though.
      mr.vw
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let me guess! Another european VW not coming North American! I do have to give VW credit, One thing VW North American is good at is killing the true brand passion.
      luigi.tony
      • 1 Year Ago
      LOL, so comical when automakers add silver plastic bits to the bumpers, raise the suspension 30mm, then call it a crossover.
      cpmanx
      • 1 Year Ago
      With only 74hp on tap and no AWD, this is really nothing more than a suspension lift and cosmetics job on the regular Up!. Seems kind of silly. That said, I really like the regular Up! and regret that it won't be sold here. Yes, cars that small appeal to a very small segment of the market in the U.S. But for those of us who live in dense urban areas, the idea of a funky, fun, well packaged little runabout like this is very appealing. And yes, I do find this thing kind of cool looking.
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      No plug, no sale.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is cute, but I can't believe they won't build the bus concept. That would be a megahit among the soccer moms!
      RocketRed
      • 1 Year Ago
      I\'m really glad all automakers are really bearing down on this this project of jacking up every single car 4 inches and putting $10 worth of plastic cladding on it because the silly jack-up fad will thus die faster. It\'s like the Ugg Boots of car fashion: self-consciously ugly, pretentious, inappropriate for almost every occaision, but just won\'t go away.
        DaveMart
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RocketRed
        An ageing population means that access is important, and getting in and out of a higher car is a lot easier. Cross vehicles mean that this frailty can be accommodated in a pretty stylish way. Because a vehicle does not address needs you are fortunate enough not to have at the present time does not mean it is a bad vehicle.
          DarylMc
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          Hi DaveMart At 47 yrs old I would much rather climb into my Volkswagen Transporter then my sister's Audi TT and you could double that for getting out:) I had a good look over a regular UP recently and while the concept above may not suit everyone I agree it would hardly turn it into a behemoth. It might even be handy for people who want to drive on the occasional dirt road. The protection/bumper strips on the doors are a great idea and it's a shame that city cars don't seem to have that any more.
          DaveMart
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          Hi DarylMc Check out the Hyundai i10. That will be my next car, and although it is tiny access is fine. Far better value even than the Up variants like the Citigo. The Up GT could tempt me, but for a motorised shopping trolley the i10 is hard to beat. The 1.2 is even adequate on the motorway, whereas the 1.1 struggles.
      Richard Nygaard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does it cost more to build a car thats not ugly?
        mark
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Richard Nygaard
        We have enough Ugly cars in the US. Glad it's not coming..
      mark
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another VW F*%^ Up..
      Dave
      • 1 Year Ago
      I could see this being a hit in the US. Id want it bad if I were a US VW dealer.
      Cool people
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like the style & function of the Up. CrossPolo please..VW
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