According to the latest reports from Automotive News, it appears that Volkswagen is planning to bring a production version of the Up minicar at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Same sources confirmed the fact that the first version of the car will be a four-seat, three-door model equipped with a family of three-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines.
The deliveries of the car are set to start by the end of 2011, and it seems that the base price will be somewhere around €10,000 or $14,000.
VW brand development chief Ulrich Hackenberg already confirmed for Automobilwoche tha the final prototype phase is currently under development, and that a near-production version will be built soon.
Asked about the two-cylinder engine that was introduced by Fiat on the small 500 minicar, Hackenberg simply said: "That is a beautiful engine as well."
The new small car will be built at Vw’s factory in Bratislava, Slovakia. Furthermore, it appears that the new family of Up models will also include a five-door version.
Although it is an entry-level car, Volkswagen will also offer an optional dual-clutch gearbox, while an all-electric version is expected in 2013. Electric versions of Golf and Jetta are also expected in 2013. [via autonews - sub. required]