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VW Brings To Frankfurt A Bunch Of Up! Concepts

VW Up!

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.

VW GT Up!

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.

VW Cross Up!

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.

VW Up! Azzura

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.

VW Eco Up!

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.

VW E-Up!

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).

Source: Volkswagen

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Spy Shots – VW E-Up!

VW E-Up! (mule)

Before you say anything, the car you see in these pictures is in fact the VW E-Up! but the German automaker has clothed the development mule in a previous generation Polo. If you look closely, you’ll notice that the wheelbase is shorter and there is no exhaust. In addition, it has a BlueMotion-style blanked-off front grille, which means that this is an electric car.

The VW E-Up! concept debuted back in 2009 during the Frankfurt Motor Show and the production version promises to provide zero-emissions, cheap motoring in a small-size package, but without compromising practicality. The car will be powered by lithium-ion batteries which will be installed under the floor. These will generate 80 hp (60 kW) and 210 Nm of torque, which should be enough for a range up to 80 miles. Charging the batteries to 80% of their level is done in only one hour.

VW E-Up! (mule)

Aside from the electric technology, the Volkswagen E-Up! will have an innovative interior cabin, featuring a 3+1 seating configuration that promises to maximize space. The German car maker wants to keep the price tag of the car as low as possible so don’t expect any extra goodies.

They’ll also launch a conventional-powered version of the car which will have a gasoline engine that will drive the front wheels. Set to go on sale in 2013 with a starting price of 7,000 pounds, it will have the same configuration of the interior as its greener counterpart.

Source: Auto Express

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