Back in October 2007, DailyTech
brought you news concerning Volkswagen's
Up! concept car. The tiny Up! measures just 135.8" in length and only
64.2" in width. VW's hope with the
Up! is to spark a revolution in economical vehicles like the original Beetle.
According to Auto
Express, work on the production version of the Up! is coming along nicely
and more details of the tiny runabout are starting to leak out of VW
headquarters. Like the original Beetle, the Up! is a rear-engine, rear wheel
Despite the tiny dimensions, the Up! will be able to seat
four people within its cabin. Adding to its versatility, the three passenger
seats of the Up! can be folded to accept large/bulky cargo or removed
completely for even more storage space.
Power for the Up! will come from a choice of gasoline or
diesel two-cylinder engines. Both engines will be around 600c in capacity and
will be turbocharged. VW is projecting that the turbocharged diesel motor will
be good for 94 MPG combined on the European cycle.
Pricing for the Up! is expected to start at around £4,000 ($7,900
USD) in emerging markets for completely stripped models. Better-equipped models
destined for the European market are expected to start at £7,500 ($14,800 USD).
With tiny vehicles like the Smart Fourtwo seeing huge
demand in the United States, it may only be a matter of time before VW sends
the Up! to our shores. Compared to the Smart Fourtwo, the Up! features room for
two additional passengers and vastly superior fuel economy.