Our smallest Volkswagen gets a style makeover, new engine and options

The new up! unveiled at the Geneva motor show

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The smallest Volkswagen is becoming yet more colourful and sharper still. At the end of May the second series of the up! will be launched in Europe – with newly designed body panels, new colours, new wheels, new individualisation options, new equipment, a completely redesigned interior, a new infotainment system and an outstanding new engine that offers a significant boost in performance and torque.

New design and interior

The new up! has redesigned headlights incorporating LED day-time running lights, new bumpers, a prominent rear diffuser and newly designed tail-lights. New standard and optional equipment includes fog lights with static cornering lights, multi-function steering wheel, rain sensor, ambient lighting and new infotainment systems.

The car has new levels of customisation: 13 exterior colours, 12 exterior decals, 10 new dashboard designs and three roof colours, together with new seat designs.
The new infotainment systems have been given Smartphone integration. ‘Maps + More’ can be used to integrate current smartphones, running either Android or Apple, into the ‘Composition colour’ phone control system, simply by connecting the system via Bluetooth.

New up! beats special edition

This special edition up! comes with a 300-watt BeatsAudio sound system. Beats Electronics was founded in 2008 by rapper Dr. Dre and is a household name on the music scene, primarily for its headphones. Now the Californian company also offers a wide range of other technologies, including full in-car sound systems. In the up!, the sound system’s 300 watt and 8-channel amplifier is fitted with a digital signal processor (DSP).

To ensure crystal-clear sound, the system has seven high-end loudspeakers distributed around the interior: two tweeters in the A-pillars, two woofers in the front doors, two broadband loudspeakers in the back and a subwoofer integrated in the spare wheel well.

New 1.0-litre 90PS engine

This turbocharged direct petrol injection (TSI) delivers a powerful 90 PS with a maximum torque of 160 Nm at 1,500 rpm. The three-cylinder engine is the first turbo for the up! and the most powerful fitted to date, and shows off the model’s sportiness with a visible exhaust tailpipe.

Full UK pricing and specifications will be published in the summer