This is the first ever snaps of the Volkswagen Up! in India and signifies VW’s seriousness for the Indian market. The Volkswagen Up! variant which was spotted was the 3-door model, which looks like the base variant in the Up! line-up. However rear wiper and in-built spoiler is present on the car. Thanks to Sandeep Singh for posting these three images of the Volkswagen Up! mounted on a flatbed truck in Delhi, in NDTV’s Car And Bike show’s official Facebook page. Volkswagen has its office in Mumbai and most probably the car has been brought down to be showcased at the 2012 Auto Expo in New Delhi, early next year.
The Up! is built on the MQB platform with a wheelbase of 2.3 meters. VW says that there is plenty of room for four people. The rear seats fold flat to increase the generous 251-litre boot to 951 litres. The engine is transversely mounted to increase space inside the car. This is a front-engined, front-wheel-drive car.
The Volkswagen Up! is powered by a new generation of 1-liter, three-cylinder engine with 59 horsepower on base models or 74 hp on higher models. It will be mated to a standard five-speed manual or a new six-speed clutchless unit. VW claims base models will get 23kmpl.
The Volkswagen Up! can be had with new safety technology system known as the City Emergency Braking. It is automatically active at speeds under 30 kmph, and it uses a laser sensor to detect the risk of an imminent collision. The biggest challenge for Volkswagen is to price this car competitively, we understand that the German manufacturer is targeting an aggressive Rs. 3.5 lakh price point for the base version and will compete with the Maruti Alto and Hyundai Eon.
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