Volkswagen has presented the new Cross Up -- a rugged version of the Up city car – which is set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Volkswagen UK hasn’t made the decision yet on whether it will take the car. Currently, its chances are at 50/50. The Cross Up can be differentiated from usual five-door VW Up due to its black body cladding for the wheel arches and side sills.
A light metallic silver finish has also been applied to its bumpers and exterior mirror housings. The model is equipped with a set of 16-inch alloy wheels with a design that’s reminiscent of the other VW Cross models and covered in 185/50 section tires. For the interior of the front-drive Cross Up, VW put in special trim for the seats, special floor mats, a modified instrument panel and chrome surrounds for the air vents.
It is powered by a 74bhp three-cylinder engine coupled with a five-speed manual gearbox – a combination that had been used on the standard Up. VW doesn’t mention if the traction control system has been modified to have additional control in low-grip conditions.
When you look at it straight on, the bumper lines make the up! look like its smiling. A slender black strip runs in between the headlamps that are integrated with daytime running lights. The Volkswagen logo is combined here and is the only chrome component found at the front. The up! can suffice without big air intakes for cooling since it has small petrol and natural gas engines and, soon also, an electric motor. The headlamps are considerably smaller than what Volkswagens have, but their appearance is very dominant.
Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design of the Volkswagen Brand, stated that front-end designs, from the up! to the Phaeton, all keep to the same style guides. The ranges are connected by these style components as a firm emphasis of lateral lines, joining the grille and headlamps and precise short angles. But, even with their distinct brand identities, all Volkswagens are unique in themselves. Vital to this are the proportional differences of each component. This contributes to extremely singular vehicles that expand across the model range from the friendly up! to the elegant Phaeton.
In its profile, the dominant surface flares and modification of curved forms describe the car's style. A slightly recessed groove above the side sill accents the flowing surfaces. The profile does not reveal any edges or seams except for the side windows’ look and for the wheel housings. The wheels are positioned in strong wheel housings, whose side surfaces, the so-called wheel mirrors, are very dominant, so that the small wheel diameters (14 to 16 inch) seem to appear larger.