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Jacked Up! VW updates its mini minicar

  • Sharp new looks, more tech on way for VW city car
  • Turbo one-litre TSI engine joins the Up! range
  • In the UK, 32 models from which to choose
2016 VW Up! Image: Newspress/VW
2016 VW Up! Image: Newspress/VW

LONDON, England – Volkswagen’s Up!, launched back in 2011 with a grand show the night before the first day of one of the world’s greatest auto shows, Frankfurt, has been updated.

Jacked Up!, perhaps…? The new range is due on November 2016, so find out more about them now, and here…

(Read Les Stephenson’s tongue-in-cheek launch report from the German event at Frankfurt’s giant Ballsporthalle when he was editor of Wheels24 for a whole bunch more names.)

VW boldly says in its media release about the Up! claims the car “has been an acknowledged leader in the city-car class since its launch in 2011”.

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2016 VW Up! Image: Newspress/VW

The automaker adds: “Setting the pace in its segment, strong sales around the world have underlined its credentials as a lively little car that’s practical, accessible, and fun.”

There was no clarity, back in Frankfurt in 2011, whether the car would reach South Africa shores – apparently it might have hurt sales of the then newish Vivo entry model – but was eventually launched here but not until 2015, again, as reported by Stephenson.

The right-hand drive models was launched on July 21 2016 in the UK, still with a one-litre, three-cylinder, petrol engine with two possible states of tune, a body restyle and some up-to-the minute tech that was just a pipe-dream back in 2011.

The optional engine is a 67kW turbo unit with standard equipment that’s optional on other models.

READ more features on the VW Up!

There’s apparently a “significantly broader” range of exterior colours, decals and roof colours along with a number of interior personalisation options.

“Today’s Up!,” VW says, “can be carefully tailored to a buyer’s precise requirements for the ultimate in city car individualisation.”

2016 VW Up! Image: Newspress/VW
2016 VW Up! Image: Newspress/VW

The Up!’s exterior changes focus on the front and rear of the car, which is offered as a two or four-door with a hatch at the back. The front has a new bumper, which, VW says, “gives the Up! a mature look and works with the revised radiator grille and bonnet to give the car a purposeful stance”.

The VW badge has been changed to chrome-on-black, the diode daytime running lights are an additional styling cue and the Up!’s angular door mirrors and rear bumper have also been redesigned “to give the diffuser a dramatic look”.

The steering-wheel is of a new design; the facia, VW, adds, “offers exceptional quality in the class”.

All Up! models now include, at a minimum, VW’s Composition media system, power front windows and remote central-locking. There are also seven new cloth upholstery and a new USB port adds connectivity and convenience.

The revised Up! range now also includes a new-for-2016 Up! Beats created in conjunction with high-end Californian electronics company Beats Audio. It joins the existing Take Up!, Move Up! and High Up! trims but adds a 300W, seven-speaker, sound system that has “a potent sub-woofer in the boot”.

2016 VW Up! Image: Newspress/VW
2016 VW Up! Image: Newspress/VW

External Beats styling includes new colour combinations, Beats graphics and, depending on the colour of the car, red or black door mirrors. There’s also a subtle Beats badge on the B pillar and, inside, a Beats 3D dashpad design which includes the Beats logo. The interior is cream. interior.

The roof of the revised Up! can be coloured separately, via the new Roof Pack, in black, white or grey, the grey listed as Urano and thereby tempting more plays on words.

The Roof Pack also adds colour co-ordinated external mirrors and 65%tinted rear glass.

The Move Up! which adds 15″ alloy wheel rims, a colour infotainment touch-screen with Bluetooth connection.

The High Up! has 15″ alloy rims, satnav and ambient lighting in the facia. Its steering-wheel carries radio controls and the multi-function computer gives information about fuel consumption, journey times and possible remaining range.

A BlueMotion pack adds fuel-saving features, among them stop/start and regenerative braking.

The standard quad-valve, three-cylinder engine is available with an output of 45 or 56kW or the already-mentioned turbocharged TSI capable of 67kW/160Nm. The first two have a choice of five-speed manual or ASG auto gearbox, depending on trim level, the turbo only a five-speed manual.

2016 VW Up! Image: Newspress/VW
2016 VW Up! Image: Newspress/VW

VW says the turbo engine gives its host “broadly speaking, performance stas similar to those of the original 1976 Golf GTI – sub-10 seconds to 100km/h and top speed of 180km/h.

What!? And less than five litres/100km.

Among the driving assistants are cruise control, parking sensors and a reaarview camera (for a car this size! shame on the driver!).

Also available is a 13cm colour display with Bluetooth for audio. With the ‘Maps + More’ VW App, all smartphones with iOS or Android operating systems can be clicked into the USB-enabled docking station above the dash and the smartphone is then turned into a handy extension of the infotainment system.

This enables access to satnav, speakerphone, trip-data computer and other features.

At the cutting edge of this technology is the new Up!’s handwriting recognition system to be used when the driver or front passenger is searching for names, phone numbers, addresses or music titles. Each letter entered refines the search and large icons simplify the intuitive input.

Crash avoidance/protection features variously include electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, front crash-bags and pre-impact seat-belt tensioners.

2016 VW Up! Image: Newspress/VW
2016 VW Up! Image: Newspress/VW

The two rear seats have IsoFix child-seat installation anchor point, emergency braking predicts a front impact – and if the driver does not react applies full brakes.

Still to come (would you believe it!) is the electric e-Up!.

If you’d like to see the full RHD range and their prices, take a trip to Volkswagen UK
http://www.volkswagen.co.uk

Believe it or not, there are THIRTY-TWO versions… count ’em.

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