Volkswagen’s new baby of the family, the up! city car is to welcome a new model to its range.
Following a trend for mini off-roader style vehicles established by the likes of the Mini Countryman, the new Cross up! will go on sale in Europe from late summer.
As yet, Volkswagen is only considering UK sales of the model.
The new, more sporty version of the up! will follow in the footsteps of the CrossPolo and CrossGolf and CrossTouran models in its new robust look.
External changes to the up! include black mouldings on the wheel arches and sills, full-length door protector strips topped with ‘Cross up!’ lettering, silver roof rails, a light silver metallic finish to the wing mirrors and bumpers also incorporating silver elements. To give a real feel of an off-roader, the Cross up! also includes extra ride height and the ‘Cross’ 16-inch alloys with a high-sheen finish and 185/50 tyres.
Inside, there is Cross up! kick-plates, seats trimmed in either red or anthracite, an instrument panel with high-quality dash-pad (in a choice of red, black or dark silver), and a leather-covered steering wheel and handbrake lever.
Standard specification will include remote central locking, electric front windows, fog lights, electrically adjustable heated wing mirrors, an asymmetrically split, folding rear seat with headrests, a variable-height boot floor, a rev counter, a multifunction display and ESC electronic stability programme.
Like the regular up! model, the Cross up! will be fitted with a 75 PS three-cylinder petrol engine, but will only be available with a five-speed manual gearbox.
Fitted to the regular up!, this engine achieves economy as strong as 68.9mpg and emits as little as 95g/km CO2 in Bluemotion Technology guise.
Prices in Germany will start from €13,925 when it goes on sale later this year.
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