It appears Volkswagen found a safe entry for Geneva amidst troubling times. With the rest of their TDI lineup falling victim to the dieselgate emissions scandal, introducing a small, economical, and petrol-driven model might be the way to go about bringing something to Geneva’s table.
Fortunately, the pint-sized Volkswagen Up! falls under this exact criteria. Aimed at individuals that travel solo around cities, the Up! is made with ease of parking and maneuverability in mind.
The new Up! retains its standard powertrain options: a 1.0L three cylinder motor pushing 60PS, another variant with 74PS, or the fully electric e-Up! pushing 82PS. Now however, the Up! can also be fitted with a 90PS turbocharged three cylinder motor. Torque of the new motor comes at 160Nm; a figure that brings the Up! at par with the first generation Golf GTI, albeit with much better fuel economy.
Exterior work seems a bit extensive as well, with a redesign of the front and rear bumpers, LED Daytime running lights, new side mirrors, and new tail lights.
The interior receives it fair share of work as well. New seats, a multi-function steering wheel, smartphone connectivity, and color-matching dashboard trim all find their home in the new Up!’s cabin. Another improvement, should you choose to check the option, will be a 300 watt sound system fitted into the vehicle by Beats Audio. The VW Up! Beats Edition distinguishes itself with its own color scheme and trimming around the body.
The new VW Up! will be available in Europe by Summer. With all the congestion here in Manila, perhaps VW Philippines should look into bringing in this city-slicker model to suit our tight roads.