Volkswagen Reveals 2012 Up! 5-Door Hatchback
A showcase of compact, economic, and intelligent cabin design and ergonomics, Volkswagen reveals the 5-door version of its Up! city-car. Other than the addition of two extra doors for easier accessibility and a more conservative side profile that will further enhance rear visibility, the 5-door version is identical in wheelbase and interior dimensions. Power is available either via a 60-horsepower, 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine or a 75 horsepower version. Cargo space within the Up! is nearly 9 cubic feet and can be expanded to 33.6 cubic feet once the rear bench is folded down. Volkswagen expects to see nearly half of total Up! sales made up of the five-door.
Options, trims, and configurations will be similar to those available for the 3-door hatchback. Pricing for the 5-door Up! begins at 10,325 euro in Germany, a 475 euro premium over the standard 3-door model.
First available in the European market later this year, Volkswagen has no intention of introducing the new Up! city cars in North America.