As part of Volkswagen’s continuing commitment to electrification, they’ve recently announced that their smallest city car – the Volkswagen up! – will be gaining upgraded all-electric power very soon. Now with a range of over 160 miles and an entry-level price tag, this is the all-new Volkswagen e-up!.
The upgraded e-up! is the latest in a growing line of Volkswagen electric cars, with its official unveiling happening alongside the sensational new Volkswagen ID.3 at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this month. Featuring a handful of upgrades over the outgoing version, the new e-up! manages to increase range and power whilst not compromising on interior space or driving dynamics.
In order to increase range and power, Volkswagen have switched the 18.7kWh batteries of the previous version to 32.3kWh lithium-ion batteries, increasing range from 118 miles to around 163 miles; perfect for city driving and commuting. Ensuring convenience, 40kW charging can get the e-up! to 80 per cent charge in as little as 60 minutes.
Power is fed from the batteries to an 82bhp electric motor attached to the front axle; that electric motor is capable of taking the e-up! from 0-62mph in 11.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 81mph. Whilst that top speed will never be needed during city driving, the electric powertrain will ensure access to instantaneous torque that is perfect for busy city streets.
You may have seen in past articles, that we’re quite keen on the current Volkswagen up! and up! GTI, mainly due to the fact that they’re great fun to drive. Volkswagen have promised that, due to a low centre-of-gravity because of battery positioning, the new e-up! will be just as fun and engaging.
Volkswagen say that the e-up! will maintain an entry-level price tag (this price is yet to be confirmed in the UK) whilst offering automatic air conditioning, the “composition phone” radio system with Bluetooth and DAB+, Maps + More and Lane Assist as standard equipment.
The Volkswagen e-up! should be appearing at our dealerships in the not too distant future, so we’ll be sure to bring you an update as soon as it does. What do you think of Volkswagen’s new all-electric city car? We’d like to know your thoughts on Facebook, Linkedin or Instagram.