At the recent Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen unwrapped it's new Cross Up! a slightly more rugged and taller version of it's Up! city car.
While there currently are no plans to introduce the Cross Up! to North American markets, overseas travellers may be familiar with it's brother, the Up!
Loading on a bunch of body cladding, the Cross Up! has undergone an image makeover. Sitting slightly higher on a new set of 16 inch alloy wheels wrapped in 185/50 tires, the five door front wheel drive sports chunky bumpers, silver roof rails and plastic wheel arch protectors, along with a larger front air intake.
Inside, the Volkswagen Cross Up! does not differ greatly from the regular Up! It sports extra chrome trim, silver accents, revised upholstery with red and grey trim, a dash pad that's available in red, black or silver, special floor mats, and new kick plates. The centre console is finished in piano black. Features include a spilt folding rear seat, multifunction display and power windows and locks.
While the new design makes the Cross Up! look more challenge worthy, don't expect to be taking it off city streets. The Cross will feature the same tiny 75 horsepower, 1.0 litre three cylinder engine as in the standard Up! With the five speed manual transmission, the Cross Up! gets 4.7 L per 100 km.
As the Volkswagen Up! family increases in size, VW also plans to release other variations. Their E-Up! which is a fully electric model powered by a front mounted electric motor through a single speed transmission. It's range is more than 90 miles (145 km) and charges in 5.5 hours. The company's Up! GT edition features a turbocharged and intercooled version of the same engine, boosting horsepower from 75 to 110.
The new VW Cross Up! goes on sale this summer in mainland Europe.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca