Volkswagen Up coming to Australia
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30th January, 2012
The tiny Volkswagen Up has been confirmed for an Australian release later
in the year. Specifications and pricing for local variant/s have not yet been announced.
Our original story on the Volkswagen Up 2-door model is linked
In other Up news, Volkswagen has announced a four-door hatchback model for Europe and Euro-NCAP has announced crash
test results for the two-door variant.
Volkswagen Up four-door
Volkswagen will present the four-door version of the Up in mid-2012 across Europe, commencing with the German release
Volkswagen anticipates that over half of Up buyers will choose the four-door version. This version has identical
engines (44 kW/60 PS and 55 kW/75 PS), equipment versions and dimensions as the two-door cars.
With four doors, the look of the car’s side profile has changed. While the lower window line of the two-door rises
towards the rear near the C-pillars, it forms a straight line on the four-door car. The crisp and short body overhangs
are also distinctive on the four-door. The front and rear sections are identical in both body versions. This also means
that buyers of the four-door version will get to enjoy a boot lid whose outer skin consists of a continuous glass
surface; this gives the boot lid the high-tech look of a smartphone. Located behind the boot lid is a boot with a 251
litre cargo capacity, which can be increased to 951 litres by folding down the rear backrest.
The rear doors open wide and offer comfortable entry. The four-seat, four-door car offers the same interior space as
the two-door. Head room in the rear is 947 mm, while it is 993 mm in front. Legroom in the rear is a 789 mm. The seat
height in the rear has a pleasant effect: the height of the so-called H-point – the relevant vertex of the angle formed
by the seat surface and the backrest – is 378 mm in the rear, which is higher than in front (306 mm). This higher seat
position lets rear passengers see better over the shoulders of the driver and front passenger. Just as important: there
is space under the front seats for the feet of the rear passengers.
Volkswagen is offering the same optional features in both the two-door and four-door Up in European versions. They
include systems such as City Emergency Braking. The Up is the first car in its class that can be automatically braked by
such a function in a tight situation, in this case over a speed range from 5 to 30 km/h. Also available upon request is
maps+more – a portable navigation and infotainment system with touchscreen. It contains a navigation system, a hands-free
telephone unit, an informational display of various vehicle parameters and a media player. In addition, apps can be used
to customise maps+more to personal requirements. With these features, the Volkswagen Up – as a two-door and four-door car
– is intended to be competitive in its segment of the market.
Five stars from EuroNCAP
Volkswagen’s smallest car has been awarded five stars by Euro NCAP. In addition, the optional City Emergency Braking
function of the Up won the 2011 Advanced Award. This award, started in 2010, also comes from the independent European
consumer protection organisation Euro NCAP. This system is automatically activated at speeds between 5 and 30 km/ h, and
it uses a laser sensor (integrated in the upper area of the windscreen) to scan a space up to 10 metres in front of the
Up to determine the risk of an impending collision. The emergency braking function can reduce accident severity via
automatic brake intervention and potentially avoid a collision.