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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 launch one more compact hatchback in the Indian car market, which is going to be none other than Volkswagen UP. It is expected to be the first ever smallest and cheapest vehicle against the leading competitors like Hyundai i10, Maruti Swift, Chevrolet Spark, Ford Figo and so on. One of the best part about this vehicle is, the company is planning to launch Volkswagen Up in three body styles like 2 door hatchback, a 4 door hatchback version and a 4 door wagon carrying longer wheelbase. It is going to be launched with almost all that features, which are necessary for a comfortable riding experience to occupants on any road condition. It is expected to be rolled out with the same petrol engine, which is currently available in the United Kingdom. Apart from the power train, it is also expected to come with almost all features, which are available in global markets. It is most likely that this vehicle will be fitted with a 1.0-litre petrol engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 999cc. It is integrated with three cylinders and twelve valves using double overhead camshaft based valve configuration. It has the capacity of churning out a maximum power of 58bhp in combination with a peak torque output of 95Nm. It is mated with a five speed manual or automatic transmission gear box, depending on the variants. The braking and suspension mechanism of this vehicle is quite proficient. The top end variant will certainly be equipped with anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution, which will augments this mechanism.
The Volkswagen Up hatchback series is expected to come with exterior dimensions measuring 3540mm in length and 1630mm of width, which is equivalent to the ex-launched premium hatchback Polo. It is being sold in several sparkling exterior paint options for the buyers to choose from. Its overall look is quite compact and designed with a bold radiator grille, which is embedded with a prominent company logo in the center. This grille is flanked by a neatly crafted headlight cluster, which is incorporated with halogen based lamps and turn indicator. The company has given it a spacious internal cabin with good seating arrangement. It is quite roomy enough in all the three variants and four adults can easily travel in basic two door hatchback. To add more comfort in this vehicle, the manufacturer has given two monitor screens. The screen available in instrument cluster shows the information of vehicle speed, fuel level and range, digital clock, CO2 emissions, driver seat belt warning notification and many other such aspects. It also has an advanced infotainment unit with seven inch touch screen display. It is equipped with controls of AC unit, radio volume, music selection, telephone, navigation, photos and movies etc.
It is expected that this yet to be launched vehicle might come with the same body design, which is available in the UK market at present. The company has fitted it with a lot of striking features and makes it look captivating on the roads. To start with the front profile, it is designed with completely new radiator grille, which is fitted with a few thick black slats. It is flanked by a neatly crafted headlight cluster, which is incorporated with high intensity halogen headlamps along with side turn indicators. This grille is embossed with a prominent company logo in the center. The slating forward bonnet has a couple of visible character lines. The main highlight of its frontage is the rugged bumper that is fitted with a black cladding featuring a protective guard. It houses a perforated air intake section for cooling the engine quickly. This air dam is flanked by a pair of fog lamps that adds to the visibility of the driver, especially in bad weather conditions. The large windscreen is made of green tinted glass and is accompanied by a set of intermittent wipers. Coming to its side profile, it has a sporty look owing to its black side molding and body colored outside door handles. Its wheel arches are well designed and fitted with a classy set of alloy wheels, which gives a dynamic stance to the vehicle. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres. Its window sill and B pillars are treated in high gloss black, which gives a nice appearance to the vehicle. Its rear profile is as quite attractive with an elegant taillight cluster featuring halogen based brake light and turn indicators. Its tailgate is quite large and is fitted with black strip and variant badging. The wide windscreen is accompanied by a wiper along with a defogger. It also has a high mounted stop lamp, which adds to the safety quotient. The body colored bumper is fitted with a couple of bright reflectors.
The exterior measurements of this vehicle are expected to be 3540mm in length, 1910mm in width and 1487mm in overall height, which ensures enough head room. The wheelbase of this hatchback will be around 2420mm and it also has a decent ground clearance. Its steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of 5.4 meters, which is quite good for this class.
The internal section of this Volkswagen UP model series has been done up with a dual tone color scheme. The cabin has an advanced instrument panel that displays the aspects like vehicle's speed, a digital tachometer, fuel level and provides several warning notifications for keeping the driver updated. It also has a leather wrapped steering wheel is mounted with audio and call control switches for additional comfort. Its center fascia has a high gloss black finish and is integrated with a proficient AC unit along with a lot of storage spaces. The company has incorporated it with ergonomically designed seats, which are wide, well cushioned and have integrated head rests. The rear bench seat has folding facility, which helps in increasing the boot volume of car. Its driver's seat has height adjustment function and comes with proper lumbar support. All the seats are covered with good quality fabric upholstery that further adds to its plush appeal. Its internal section is complimented by ambient lighting on its dashboard and a lot of chrome inserts. The dashboard is equipped with number of features including an instrument cluster with a number of functions, a large glove box, a three spoke steering wheel with multi functional switches and AC vents. There are number of utility based features given inside the cabin including front sun visors along with passenger side vanity mirror, cup and drink holders, map pockets in both doors, reclining function for front passenger seat and many other such aspects.
This yet to be launched vehicle is said to be equipped with a number of sophisticated features, which will gives the occupants a comfortable driving experience. In international markets, this hatchback series is being offered with a manually operated air conditioning system including a heater that keeps the entire cabin pleasant. It is also equipped with features like all four power windows with auto up and down function, foldable rear seat for increasing the boot space of car, height adjustable front headrest, folding key with boot release and power steering with tilt adjustment that helps in maneuvering the vehicle in peak traffic conditions. In addition to these, it has aspects like front intermittent wipers, electric boot release, compass and an inclinometer. Furthermore, its advanced instrument cluster is equipped with quite a few functions like a digital clock, odometer, multi-tripmeter, distance to empty indicator, door ajar warning, service reminder, a digital tachometer and many other such aspects. On the other hand, it also has features like electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors, power windows with driver side auto down function, external temperature display and height adjustable driver's seat. The 60:40 split folding rear seat helps in increasing the boot volume of car. The company has given its top end variant leather covered steering wheel along with gear shift lever and parking lever gives the cabin a classy look. Its tilt adjustable steering wheels makes it easier to maneuver the vehicle even in peak traffic conditions. Furthermore, it is also incorporated with an ambient lighting system on dashboard that adds to its elegance. In addition to these, it also has an integrated music system, which is equipped with four speakers and several input options.
The company has given it a spacious internal cabin, which provides ample leg space and headroom for all occupants. It has a 200 litre boot compartment, which can be increased with the help of split foldable rear seat. The fuel tank capacity is also good enough for planning longer journeys.
The engine, which is mated with a manual transmission gear box can attain a top speed in the range of 150 to 160 Kmph. At the same time, it has the ability of crossing the speed barrier of 100 Kmph in close to 15 seconds. On the other hand, its automatic transmission gear box, enables the motor to zoom towards a top speed of around 145 Kmph and it can cross the speed barrier of 100 Kmph in just about 13 seconds.
As per the speculations, this upcoming Volkswagen UP model series is going to be fitted with a 1.0-litre, petrol engine, which displaces 999cc. It is integrated with three cylinders and twelve valves using a double overhead camshaft based valve configuration. This turbocharged power plant has the ability of churning out a maximum power output of 58bhp at 5000-6000rpm in combination with a peak torque output of 95Nm in the range of 3000 to 4300rpm. It is expected, that this engine is going to be mated with both five speed manual or automatic transmission gear box, depending on the variants. It distributes the engine power to its front wheels and helps in enhancing its performances.
The yet to be launched hatchback series is expected to come with petrol engine only, which is incorporated with a multi point fuel injection supply system. It has the ability of churning out a maximum mileage of 18 Kmpl approximately on the highways and about 14.5 Kmpl in the city traffic conditions.
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 engine for the vehicle is a 1.0-litre petrol engine. It can churn out a maximum power of 58bhp at between 5000 to 6000rpm in combination with a peak torque output of 95Nm in the range of 3000 to 4300rpm.
In some international markets, it is fitted with an advanced multimedia system comprising of CD/MP3 player, radio with AM/FM tuner along with Bluetooth connectivity for pairing the mobile phones. It also has ports for external devices like Aux-in and USB. The cabin is also packed with a manual AC unit with sufficient vents at the dashboard. The company has given it a multi-functional steering wheel, which is mounted with audio and call control buttons for convenience of the driver. Apart from these, the owners can customize their variants with various accessories. The list of interior features are a touchscreen infotainment system including navigation and support for audio along with video files, rear parking sensors along with a rear camera, which provides excellent assistance while parking. Beside these, leather seats, center armrests and various other convenience features are also offered. At the same time, they can decorate it with attractive exterior cosmetics such as body graphics, bonnet scoops, additional fog lights and many other such aspects.
Like any other car model in Volkswagen's portfolio, this upcoming vehicle is also expected to gets a reliable braking system along with reliable suspension mechanism, which keeps the vehicle well balanced and stable. Its front wheels will certainly get disc brakes, while the rear ones are most likely to be paired with solid drum brakes. This braking mechanism is further reinforced by anti lock braking system along with brake assist and electronic brake force distribution. As far as the suspension is concerned, its front axle has been equipped with McPherson strut in combination with a stabilizer bar. Its rear axle has been coupled with semi independent trailing arm system, which keeps the vehicle stable. On the other hand, this hatchback is blessed with an advanced electronic power steering system with speed related function, which makes it quite easier to handle.
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 and many other such aspects. This upcoming model series is believed to be equipped with front dual airbags that enhances the safety quotient. Its body structure is quite rigid and comes with impact beams, which reduces the impact of collision.
The wheel arches of this upcoming model series are expected to be fitted with classy set of 15-inch alloy wheels, which enhances the look of its side profile. These rims will further be fitted with high performance tubeless radial tyres, which provides excellent grip on any road conditions. The company has also given it a full size spare wheel, which is affixed in the boot compartment with all other tools required for changing a flat tyre. It is a standard feature across all the variants.
1. Fuel economy is up to the mark.
2. Economical price range is a big plus point.
3. Compact size makes it easy to maneuver on city roads.
4. Suspension and braking mechanism is quite proficient.
5. Presence of anti lock braking system is a big plus point.
1. Less spacious than few of its competitors.
2. Ground clearance is quite low.
3. Engine performance can be made better.
4. Many more safety and comfort features can be added.
5. Lack of reverse parking sensors.