Vw Cross Up! Concept showcased at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 14, 2011

The introduction of the cross up! shows that the up! line-up is continuing to expand. Though it is a concept car, it reveals three important features. The first is that it gives an idea of how a four-door version of the up! is expected to look. The second is that it shows how a four-door up! will appear as a cross up! variant. Finally, with this, Volkswagen can expand the success of its cross program on more models. At present, Cross models include the Cross Golf, Cross Touran, and Cross Polo. In general, Cross is about customization and is fit for strong designs having tough lifestyle qualities.

For the exterior look, it will come in Tornado Red paint with silver elements added to it. Then there is the alloy 16-inch wheels that has been machine-polished and comes with the mythos type cross design. It is fitted with the 185 tyres. At the center of this wheel is the VW logo that has the same color as the body with a red circle going around it. Meanwhile the roof rails are in matt silver with its style complemented by the light silver door mirror caps.

However, as expected from a Volkswagen cross model, the extension of the wheel well and the even the extensions of the side sills have a dark anthracite with satin effect design. This is the same design that is in the black side protection strips that are on top of the sills. Seen on the strips is the signature cross up!

Even the design of the bumpers is new. The bumper in the front has a silver cross-bar and integrated to it are the air intake and fog lights. There is also a honeycomb grille that has been made larger, especially the bottom portion. Even the underbody protection has a silver color. This underbody protection and the silver cross-bar on the bumper have a corresponding part on the rear. Another unique trait of this concept car is that it is higher by 15 mm and thus offers better ground clearance.

Though it does have features similar to the cross, it has its own features that make it unique when compared to the two-door models. This includes the extra doors and how the C-pillar has been independently styled. In a two-door model, the window and the shoulder line, also known as the tornado line, go upwards to the C-pillars. However for the four-door version, these same two elements result in a straight line.

This gives it both independence and a look similar to a van. Even then the C-pillars remain to be supported above its rear wheel housings, much like the two-door variant. This is in line with having a short overhang in the rear and thus gives it that dynamic and strong look. Since the length comes in at 3.54 meters with width, without its door mirrors, at 1.64 meters, it is clear that the up! is a four-seat vehicle that is one of the smallest in its segment.

Height however is at 1.48 meters. The short body overhangs and the long overall length mean that the wheelbase is rather long, at 2.42 meters. What this means is that the layout of the body is able to utilize all of the enclosed space available. This characteristic is seen when the bootlid or even a door is opened. One can immediately see the special cross trim of the seats with its red center panels and the grey side panels.

Since it is also an up! model, the dash pad, which is the designer panel placed on the cockpit fronting the driver and passenger in front, has been painted in Tornado Red to match the one on the exterior. The same treatment was done for the trim panels of the upper door.

Highlighting the center console and the bezels of its air nozzles is the black piano paint. Meanwhile the grip for the parking brake, the ones on the gear shift, and even the steering wheel, have been enhanced to have a small leather pack that has colored decorative seams. Finally, the interior is protected against track or dirt left by shoes through the door sill guards. The door sill guards in turn also come with the signature cross.

Press Release

cross up! – the up! for big city driving

Near production. The up! family continues with the cross up!. It is also still a concept car, but it demonstrates three 3 aspects very clearly: 1. How the four-door up! will look. 2. What the four-door up! might look like in a cross up! version. 3. That Volkswagen will be expanding its successful cross programme over more models. Cross models that are currently available are the CrossPolo, CrossGolf and CrossTouran. Cross stands for customised and especially rugged Volkswagen designs with rugged lifestyle qualities.

up!date. Aside from its cross features, characteristics distinguishing this member of the New Small Family compared to the two-door car are of course the additional doors and the fully independent styling of the C-pillars. While the shoulder or ‘tornado’ line and windows ascend towards the rear near the C-pillars on the two-door car, on the four-door car the two elements form a straight line. This gives this body variant its independence, and it has a nearly van-like appearance. As on the two-door version, the C-pillars are also supported over the rear wheel housings; in conjunction with the extremely short rear overhang, this creates a very powerful, dynamic appearance.

Rugged qualities. Typical of a cross model from Volkswagen: the wheel well extensions and side sill extensions designed in a dark anthracite (with satin effect) as well as the black side protection strips above the sills; worked into these strips is the "cross up!" signature. The rugged bumpers are also a new design. Eye-catching at the front is the silver cross-bar in the bumper which has integrated fog lights and an air intake with a honeycomb grille that is distinctly larger, especially towards its bottom. Also designed in a silver colour is the underbody protection. The rear of the car also has a counterpart to this underbody protection and a silver cross-bar on the bumper. Another unmistakable trait of the cross version is its greater ground clearance: 15 mm higher.

Tornado red. The concept car makes its appearance with "Tornado Red" exterior paint and other silver elements. Such as with machine-polished 16-inch alloy wheels in cross design ("mythos" type) and 185 tyres; the red circle around the VW logo at the centre of the wheel matches the colour of the body. The roof rails of the cross up! concept car are painted in "matt silver". Matching them in styling are the door mirror caps in "light silver".

Living spaces. As soon as one of the doors or the bootlid of the cross up! is opened, the view is of the seats in their special cross trim (red centre panels, grey side panels). As in all up! models, the dash pad (designer panel in the cockpit in front of the driver and front passenger) and upper door trim panels are painted; in this case, it matches the exterior colour "Tornado Red". Other accents such as the bezels of the air nozzles and the centre console are designed in black piano paint. A "small leather pack" with coloured decorative seams upgrades the steering wheel, gear shift grip and parking brake grip. Last but not least, door sill guards with the "cross" signature protect against tracks left by either rugged or party shoes.

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