It was not a secret that Volkswagen is planning a five-door version of its cheapest car, the Up!, but today the patent images emerged on the web thanks to a Czech forum. What you see in the photos actually looks like a production version of the Cross Up! Concept, unveiled back in September at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Although there are not technical specs available, we do expect to see the same 1.0-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine delivering 60 hp or 75 hp.
For those who don’t know, the 60-hp version fitted with the stop-start system is able to deliver a fuel consumption of just 4.2 liters per 100 km, while the 75 hp version has a fuel consumption of 4.3 liters per 100 km.
Both versions of the car emit CO2 emissions of lower than 100 g/km. The new Volkswagen Up is strategically vital for Vw CEO Martin Winterkorn, as the German manufacturer wants to become world’s largest car manufacturer by 2018.
Currently, the biggest car manufacturer is GM who overtook Toyota back in 2011. Volkswagen is also planning to introduce a natural gas engine on the UP but also an electric version by 2013.
One feature that helps give the Volkswagen up! a unique appearance are the windows and how they have been designed. By having on the front a short angle, this gives the bonnet a proper connection with that of the lower-lying window edge. Around the third part of the vehicle, there is a line that rises and complements the line made by the C-pillar and the rear wheel.
The way these lines interact with each other helps strengthen the quality of the rear wheel and the way it supports the C-pillar. Combined with the short overhang and the large wheelbase, it helps highlight this model’s crisp proportions. Going back to the bonnet, which rises steeply and is short, one can see the line that goes over the windscreen and then passes through the roof and all the way to the rear section.
Meanwhile the silhouette goes on the side windows before ending in an almost curved-down vertical position in the bumper. Overall, there is no doubt that the line work present in the Volkswagen up! is remarkable. When looked at on its front, the use of lines on its bumper gives the Volkswagen up! a look as if it is smiling. Not just any smile though, but an intentional one at that.
It is on the front where one can see that in the middle of the headlights, which have been incorporated with daytime running lights, there lies a narrow and black band. Even if the headlights in the Volkswagen up! are smaller when compared to the brand’s other models, it remains to be very pronounced. In the front is where the brand’s logo has been integrated, making it the sole chrome element on this section. One is likely to notice the lack of air cooling intakes and this is due to the fact that it utilizes a small petrol engine.
The brand revealed that it plans to release in the future a natural gas engine and even an electric motor. For the side profile, the style is mainly defined by the surfaces which are significantly flared plus the alternating concave and convex shapes. On top of its side sill for instance is a small concave groove which highlights the continuous surface. With the exception of the appearance of the side windows and the wheel housing, there are no edges or seams seen on the side.
Meanwhile the wheels are in powerful wheel housings whose wheel mirrors, or lateral surfaces, are large. Thus even if fitted with wheels having diameter between 14 inches and 16 inches, it looks large despite being small.
According to Volkswagen Brand’s Head of Design Klaus Bischoff, starting with the Volkswagen up! and all the way to the Phaeton, the design of their front section generally follows the same style.
These style elements, he adds, include requiring that the short angles are concise, the headlights and grille being joined, and the focus on horizontal lines. Even then, each model remains to have features that will differentiate them with each other, he continues. Bischoff comments that the result is a batch of vehicles that have their own personalities and can be seen across a wide model range.