Volkswagen Up!: The inside info revealed by CAR

Last time we heard anything on the Volkswagen Up!, it was said that the launch of the compact car had been delayed to early 2011 as Volkswagen switches the engine from the rear to make it a front-engine model. Why make the switch? Well, it will save Volkswagen a lot of money. So what’s up with the Volkswagen Up! and when will we see the final production model on the roads.

The folks at CAR are revealing some inside info on the Up! today. First off, CAR has learned that the Volkswagen Up! will not look like the concepts we’ve been seeing at auto shows. Internally known as the New Small Family (NSF) the production model will have a slightly longer nose.

So what’s going to be under the hood of these NSFs? V-Dub plans to offer the production Up! with three variants of 3-cylinder engines. Displacement is expected to be 1.0 liter and the existing 1.2 liter 16-valve. Output will range from 60-hp to 86-hp. Fuel-economy is being targeted at 55 mpg for the gas models and 79 mpg for the TDI diesel model.

The Volkswagen Up! will be offered in many markets in three different versions with production targeted at 500,000 annually.

Audi is also rumored to get an electric version of the Up! in late 2011.


Source: CAR