It was obvious that Volkswagen is going to reveal the four-door version of the Up! after last week, the patent images with the car emerged on the web. As expected, the new car will be identical with the two-door version, which means it will receive the same 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine delivering 44 kW / 60 PS and 55 kW / 75 PS.
The design of the new car has also changed a little bit as the four-door version features a modified side profile, as the lower window line of the two-door rises towards the rear near the C-pillars and forms a straight line. The boot has a capacity of 251 liters, but this can be extended to 951 litres by folding down the rear backrest.
Still, the rear seats offer the same comfort as the headroom in the rear is 947 mm, while in the front is 993 mm. Volkswagen is offering the same optional features in the four-door version of the Up!, such as City Emergency Braking, a portable navigation and infotainment system with touchscreen, which contains a navigation system, a hands-free telephone unit, an informational display of various vehicle parameters and a media player.
Regarding the price, the four-door version of the Up! will cost 10,325 euros, including ESP, with just 475 euros more than the two-door versions. The new Up! will be available in the same equipment versions like the two-door version: take up!, move up!, high up!, black up!, white up!
Looking at the exterior, the Volkswagen up! has heat-insulating glass with a green tint, bumpers in the same color as the body, and the 14-inch wheels. All up! model versions though will have a partly-galvanized body. It will have features aimed at convenience like the windscreen wiper in the rear, daytime running lights, and steering column that allows for height adjustment, and power-assisted electro-mechanical steering. Then there are the convenience direction indicators where 1 press is equivalent to 3 flash cycles.
On the interior, one is likely to see the bootspace is lined with fabric, floors are carpeted, and the air vent surrounds contrasted in white. In addition, the bench seat in the rear can be folded. A rather sophisticated feature is the panel placed in the dashboard’s middle and comes in gloss black. One unique feature in the up! that is rarely seen in the small car segment is the panoramic tilt/slide sunroof.
When it comes to safety, whether active or passive, the up! has a number of head-thorax side airbags and front airbags. For the occupants in front, meaning the driver and the passenger, their seatbelts have a fastening reminder in addition to having belt-tensioners. Safety systems include the ABS with ASR while the German market will also have the electronic stabilization program or ESP.
There are also top tether fitting and ISOFIX fixtures in case there is a need to mount a child seat in the rear. Should a child need to sit in the front, the front passenger airbag can be deactivated. Volkswagen revealed it will be offering as an option a portable infotainment and navigation system that has touchscreen capability. This feature not only has a navigation system but also has a media player and hands-free phone unit.
The system can even display a number of vehicle parameters. An app will be offered as well which can help the drivers personalize the maps+more to suit their needs. The maps+more is positioned on the dashboard where it is then networked with the vehicle’s electronic systems.