Volkswagen has revealed the updated version of their city car, the up!, ahead of the Geneva Motor Show. The global update gets changes to the exterior, interior and also a new engine option.
The Volkswagen up! won the World Car of the Year award in 2012, the year of its launch. The facelift looks bold with the new headlamps and a chiselled front bumper. The up! now gets LED daytime running lamps along with fog lamps mounted on the front bumper. The side profile remains almost identical except for the new design of the alloy wheels and the wing mirrors with integrated LED turn indicators. The tail gets an additional chrome strip along with the brand new internals for the tail lamps. The car will be available in 13 body colour options and three roof hues to choose from.
The two-door compact hatch gets an updated dashboard too. Available in ten different designs, the dashboard can be paired with two interior tones, two colour packs and two design packs. Volkswagen is attempting to offer the up! as a personalised city car with the latest standards offered for smartphone connectivity to the car’s infotainment system. It also gets a new 300W audio system designed by BeatsAudio. Automatic climate control and steering mounted audio controls make it to the up! for the first time and so does interior ambient lighting.
Under the hood, you can buy the up! with the 1.0-litre engine in different states of tune or with an all-electric powertrain. The naturally aspirated three cylinder engine develops 59bhp and 74bhp power as per the state of tune. The turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol which was available only with the 100bhp setup has now been introduced with the 89bhp setup.
The Volkswagen up! competes with the Fiat 500, Hyundai i10 and Smart ForFour globally and is also available in a decked up avatar called the Cross up!.