Volkswagen has launched its new up! small car range, which will include a natural gas engine variant. The basic bi-fuel engine (petrol/natural gas), with output of 50 kW / 68 PS, has a combined fuel consumption of 3.2 kg/100 km (natural gas), equivalent to a CO2 value of 86 g/km. As a BlueMotion Technology version the natural gas-powered up! attains a low CO2 value of 79 g/km. The natural gas up! will be launched on the European market after the petrol versions (due in December), so look out for it in 2012.
An important new safety technology system is the optional City Emergency Braking. It is automatically active at speeds under 30 km/h, and it uses a laser sensor to detect the risk of an imminent collision. Depending on the vehicle’s speed and the driving situation, City Emergency Braking can reduce accident severity by initiating automatic brake interventions – and possibly even avoid a crash.
With its 3.54 metre length and 1.64 metre width, the up! is one of the smallest four-seat cars; it is 1.48 metres high. Its overall length consists of conspicuously short body overhangs and a very long wheelbase (2.42 metres) – a body layout that fully utilises the space available in the new design.
There are 3 versions for different budgets and needs: take up! is the entry-level car; move up! the comfort-oriented one; and high up! the top version.
More information on the up! is available from the Volkswagen media website.