Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Volkswagen Press | posted October 16, 2014 12:03
It has a unique exterior finish that is paired with Volkswagen's latest tech
Volkswagen recently took the wraps off from the Fox Pepper concept car, a reimagining of the New Fox hatchback. The car features a uniquely designed exterior that is coupled with safety technology and an engine that can run on either ethanol or gasoline. It will have its public debut at the 2014 Sao Paolo Motor Show which will run from October 30 – November 9, 2014.
Outside, the car is painted in Red Tornado and is complimented by a black finish that can be found on the roof, honeycomb grill and side skirts. The front section of the car features Volkswagen's current design language that is accompanied by foglights, adaptive headlights and a wide bumper. The side is adorned with 15-inch alloy wheels while the rear section carries the brand's signature light cluster along with a diffuser integrated onto the rear bumper. Finishing it all off is a spoiler attached to the roof that is also finished in black.
Inside the cabin, the doorsteps bear the 'Fox Pepper' name while the seats are covered in two-tone leather. The center console brandishes an infotainment system channeled through a 5.5-inch display. It has Bluetooth, AM/FM radio, CD/MP3 and WMA playability and a slot for SD cards that can play MP3 files or load navigation maps. The air-vents are finished in red and the 'Fox Pepper' badging is also present near the ashtray.
Powering the concept car is a 1.6-liter MSI engine that can run on ethanol or gasoline, produces 120 PS and is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. It has a 0-100 km/h time of 9.8 seconds along with a top speed of 189 km/h when fueled with Ethanol and when powered by gasoline, it can do the 0-100 in 10.3 seconds and achieve a top speed of 183 km/h.
The safety features present in the car include ABS, BAS, ESC, ASR (Anti-Slip Regulation) that helps the driver accelerate during low grip, EDC (Electronic Differential Lock) that transfer more power to the wheel with the most grip, and HHC (Hill Hold Control) which holds the brakes for 2 seconds even after the driver releases the brake.