The 2012 VW up! will be launched in December, initially in the European market, and will include a new generation of engines. Besides a three-cylinder petrol engine, there will be an NGV variant, featuring a CNG engine with 50 kW / 68 hp and the same basic configuration. Its combined fuel consumption of 3.2 kg/100 km (natural gas) is equivalent to a CO2 value of 86 g/km. As a BlueMotion Technology version, the natural-gas powered up! even attains a low CO2 value of 79 g/km.
This small Volkswagen also debuts as first car in its class with City Emergency Braking, a new safety technology system that uses a laser sensor to detect the risk of an imminent collision. It can reduce accident severity by initiating automatic brake interventions – and possibly even avoid a crash.
With its 3.54 metre length, 1.64 metre width and 1.48 metres tall, the up! is one of the smallest four-seat cars. “If the goal is to maximise space, the ideal form for a small car would be a rectangular box. In the up! we were able to sculpt such a box with a clean and powerful design that does not lose sight of space utilisation,” said Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design for the Volkswagen Brand.