VW Brings To Frankfurt A Bunch Of Up! Concepts
Volkswagen has a lot of plans for its tiny Up! model as for this year’s edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show they brought not only the production version of the car, but also six brand new concepts which all appear to be quite interesting.
The first one that we want to talk about is the GT Up! that the German automaker says that they might make a production version out of it. If so, it will probably have a 100 hp engine, which is a good 25 hp more than the most powerful Up! that will be available when the car hits the dealerships. It borrows a few styling ideas from the company’s GTI models, like the honeycomb grille, an aero kit, 17-inch alloys and an updated interior cabin.
The second one is a crossover variant, dubbed Cross Up! The model previews the company’s 5-door variant of the car and looks very nice.
Another one would have to be the Up! Azzura for which the German engineers took their inspiration from the nautical world. It has been drawn by the famous Italian designers Giorgetto Giugiaro and Walter de Silva. As you can see from the above photo, there is no roof and no doors, while the cabin has four seats wrapped around in white/blue leather, a bunch of chrome parts and a dashboard finished in mahogany which has maple wood inlays.
Another version of the Up! is the EcoFuel model that is motivated by a 1.0-liter natural gas engine that fires 68 hp. It has been fitted with the company’s BlueMotion Technology which features a stop/start system as well as battery regeneration. Volkswagen mentioned that in 2012 they will launch a gas-powered version of the car but it will not come with the BlueMotion goodies.
Last but certainly not least, the e-Up! is the preview of the model’s pure electric variant which is scheduled for a 2013 release. The car is powered by an electric motor that has a peak output of 80 hp (60 kW) while the continuous power is rated at 54 hp (40 kW). It has a 210 Nm torque and can hit a maximum speed of 84 mph (135 km/h). According to VW, the capacity of the battery of 18 kWh should provide enough juice for up to 80 miles (130 km).
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