12th-Nov-2011: Volkswagen UP! the upcoming small wonder is expected to Indian shores by early 2012. Sources say the German auto giant has expedited the launch of UP! The Volkswagen UP! will be the smallest car in VW's India portfolio, and is likely to be priced between Rs 3 and 4 lakh. Cheaper than its Polo, Volkswagen is looking to challenge Maruti Suzuki's A-Star with this launch. German based, world's largest auto company in production Volkswagen has planned to launch UP! in India on NSF (New small family) concept and in most likelihood be the cheapest car of the company in India. It was first exhibited at 2007's Frankfurt Motor Show and became the first choice of everyone. It is essentially a small car which can comfortably seat 4 people, however, one can keep stuffing more people as the car will have a lot of virtual space.
Volkswagen is planning to manufacture approx 1 lakh vehicles in the very first year of its launch as India is a huge market of compact cars like Hyundai's i10, Maruti Alto, Ritz, A Star which are doing a great business here. Now the Volkswagen has decided to launch Volkswagen Up as its first ever smallest & cheapest vehicle against the leading competitors like Hyundai & Maruti Suzuki. And the best part about the vehicle is, that company is planning to launch Volkswagen Up in three body styles; 2 door hatchback, a 4 door hatchback version and a 4 door wagon carrying longer wheelbase.
Volkswagen is aiming to present an all equipped small hatchback Up that provides a comfortable riding experience to occupants on any road condition. Initially the concept car had a rear drive and rear engine, but now the company is reportedly fitting front engine layout and front wheel drive in view to keep the cost very low. The car is expected to be introduced in two engine options i.e. petrol and diesel. The petrol engine would sport a 1.2-litre 4-cylinder petrol motor while the second engine option is speculated to be 0.8 litre, 2 cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine; this engine might produce top power of 51 hp and an expected 100 NM while the petrol engine may churn out top power of 75 hp and top torque of 183 Nm via a six speed manual transmission; an optional automatic gearbox is also in the pipeline.
The Volkswagen Up is 3450mm long & 1630 mm wide which is equivalent to the ex-launched premium hatch back Polo. Seating arrangement is comfortable and is spacious enough in all the three variants, 4 adults can easily travel in basic 2 door hatchback, while in 4 door version ,4 adults can easily ride and 4 door wagon has the capacity to carry 7 people in it. To add more comfort in all new Volkswagen Up! Two monitor screens are given; first 8 inch monitor shows the vehicle speed, fuel level and range, as well as your CO2 emissions, second 7 inch monitor controls climate radio volume, music selection, telephone, navigation, photos and movies etc. Outer look of the Volkswagen Up is again very attractive, it is well curved with its bonnet & boot. Wheels of the car are well placed and proportioned, wheels are 18 inch in size.
In India, Volkswagen Up, 4 door hatchback concept version is highly expected that provides seating capacity of 4. This car is a little longer and has more height than its Fox model. The front fascia of the small car is very simple and cute with minimum design job. Nonetheless, it looks very stylish. The face has got bold VW logo in chrome and the headlamps carry inward diagonal line while the air intake covers sleek horizontal shape between the lamps. The happy face of the Volkswagen cars is retained here and is well supported by its neat and clean bumpers.
The Side profile of the Volkswagen Up now looks a little stretched which can be noticed from its long extended windows, powerful C pillar, far forwarded A pillar and butterfly doors with opposing hinges. This car has, surprisingly, wider and longer tyres that measure 18 inch while the tyre size is 165/50. The rear end is very special as it has dual purpose tail gate that covers the whole rear area sans the bumper.
This four door compact car- Volkswagen Space Up - is a four door vehicle. It has overall length of 3679mm, width of 1631mm and height of 1540mm. The wheelbase of the car is 2560 mm.
The inside view of the Volkswagen Up, Space, has its styling cues taken from its older concept Up. There are two seat rows for four passengers; the rear seat is bench type that is integrated with two child seats. All the seats have airflow foam type cushion which automatically adapts to individual anatomies. The seating position is very high that allows ultra comfortable seating in the cabin. The seats can be removed and folded that further makes room for larger luggage.
The dashboard in Volkswagen Up-Space comes with two monitors; the first one is an 8 inch monitor that displays fuel level and range,car speed and Co2 emissions. The centre display consists of climate system, navigation and multimedia system. The functions of the monitor can be easily used by, anyone with the help of icons of the features. The user can operate the centre display system by simply touching the desired icon.
The reworked Volkswagen Up concept version, Space Up, has two seat rows and they can be removed and folded. That makes extra storage room for your luggage. The second seat row is bench type that is kept like this for making enough room for two passengers. A total boot space of 220 litres is also ensured in the Volkswagen Up. The seats feature airflow type cushion that adapts to individual anatomies, automatically. Apart from these, the high seating position allows comfortable seating. The spaced up Volkswagen Up sports futuristic centre display; features like audio, bluetooth, AC control, etc. are touch screen type and can be used by anyone.
The upcoming Volkswagen Up has been showcased in various Auto Shows in different body types and engine bases. The first concept of VW Up was unveiled at Frankfurt Auto Show, it was followed by Space Up, Space Up Blue and the last one was E-Up. All the concept cars were tested for amazing power, acceleration and driving range. Here in India, the Volkswagen Up is going to be available in two engine options i.e. petrol and diesel. The petrol engine would sport a 1.2-litre 4-cylinder petrol motor and the second engine option is speculated to be 0.8 litre, 2 cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine that might produce top power of 51 hp and offer a torque of 100 NM while the petrol engine may churn out top power of 75 hp and top torque of 183 Nm via a six speed manual transmission; an optional automatic gearbox is also reported to be offered.
The India bound Volkswagen Up is reported to be introduced in two engine options including petrol and diesel. The diesel engine will have a 2 cylinder turbocharged 0.8 litre configuration; this engine might develop a top power of 51 hp and maximum torque of 100 Nm while the other engine trim is powered by a 1.2 litre, 4 cylinder petrol mill that is capable enough to crank out top power of 75 hp and highest torque of 183 Nm. Both the engines are speculated to be mated with 6 speed manual gearbox and an optional automatic transmission.
The yet-to-be launched Volkwagen Up is expected to come with both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol engine will be a 1.2 litre, 4 cylinder affair that will pump out maximum power of 75 hp and maximum torque 183 NM through a six speed manual gearbox while the 0.8 litre, turbocharged diesel powertrain is believed to belt out a peak power of 51 hp and peak torque of 100 Nm with the same type of gearbox system. These engines are developed to deliver higher fuel efficiency and low emissions, the fuel factor also gets boost due to its compact engine and body type.
In terms of power, the upcoming Volkswagen Up models are not that remarkable; however, the engine will be mated to advanced technologies that will make them out perform other models. The expected engines for the 'Up' are a 0.8 litre diesel mill and 1.2 litre petrol model. The diesel engine will be mated to a piston displacement of around 800cc, 2 cylinder, turbocharged diesel powertrain that would generate a top power of 51 hp and top torque of 100 Nm. The petrol engine of the VW Up might be incorporated with 1.2 litre, 4 cylinder petrol engine that may produce maximum power of 75 hp and highest torque of 183 Nm with the help of manual 6 speed gearbox and an optional automatic transmission.
The Volkswagen Up, Space, is reported to be available with advanced multimedia system that will comprise of CD/MP3 player with AM/FM plus bluetooth connectivity and AUX port. The Up will also house manual AC with sufficient vents at the dashboard.
The upcoming smallest Volkswagen Up till date, is supposed to be fitted with front disc and rear drum brakes for India bound model. Similarly, the suspension system of the Up would be more than conventional forks at both sides. With the smaller engine and body size, controlling the Up may not be a hard job; the handling would be well assisted by its sound braking and suspension system and wider tyres along with higher wheelbase.
The yet-to-be launched Volkswagen Up is expected to be packed with most common safety features such as central locking, side impact beams, front disc brakes, child seats with door locks, rear defogger, etc. The overseas Up models are believed to be equipped with front dual airbags; however, in India- these type of safety features might not be included for the sake of keeping the car price low.
The concept car of the Volkswagen Up, Space, is expected to be available with 18 inch long wheels. The tyre size would be 165/50. Due to the longer wheels, the car has wider wheelarches.
Great mileage, comfortable & cheap.
Less spacious than few of its competitors.
In a bid to become the world's top selling luxury carmaker, Audi is planning to introduce several new products. The German luxury car manufacturer has set an ambitious plan of selling around 2.4 million vehicles annually by 2020. To achieve this mammoth number, it will enhance its production capacity and introduce a range of new models globally. According to media reports, Audi will develop Q6, Q8 and a new car based on the Volkswagen Up!.
Volkswagen Up! is in the news for quite sometime now, and there were rumours spread about its launch plans in India, but Volkswagen officials preferred not to talk about it, so most considered that they are not still sure whether they should bring this compact hatchback to India or not. But recently the Up! Was spotted around Pune, Maharasthra which has made us believe that Volkswagen is still in mood to bet on this.
The champions of the much awaited 2012 World car of the year awards are announced at the NY International Auto Show and the first position was grabbed by Volkswagen Up! Volkswagen Up climbed up to the top position by beating the very elegant BMW 3 Series and Porsche 911. In all there were about 34 nominees, so it would have been a tough decision, but Volkswagen Up! certainly deserved to be on the top. The major highlights that helped Volkswagen Up to receive the honor were its remarkable steering, high quality of materials, splendid suspension engine and so on.