Volkswagen has released the first pictures of its new up! small car.
The up! will measure just 3.54m long and 1.64m wide and is designed as a city car. The up! has a long wheelbase, meaning that the wheels are very close to the front and back ends – there is almost no overhang. This maximises the usable space within the car and boot space is a reasonably good 251l (951 litres with the rear seat folded down).
The up! will come with new three-cylinder petrol engines offering power outputs of 60PS or 75PS and CO2 emissions of less than 100g/km (60PS Bluemotion model). This means that it will be eligible for £0 rate road tax (at current rates).
Volkswagen claim a fuel consumption figure for the 60PS model of 67mpg and the up! will also incorporate an emergency braking system, designed to prevent load speed collisions of the type that are common in cities.
The City Emergency Braking system will be active below 18mph and will use a laser to monitor how close the car gets to the car in front. If the distance is closing too fast – i.e. if a rear-end shunt is about to take place – it will automatically apply the brakes to reduce the severity of the impact, or even avoid it.
The up! will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September and will be launched in Europe in December.