Spy shots: VW Cross Up
Volkswagen Cross Up. Photo: Automedia.
Spy cameras have captured a beefed up version of the diminutive Up testing in Europe.
The Cross Up, as it has been dubbed, has a butch revised look and raised ride height to broaden its appeal.
But the changes are largely cosmetic, and won’t turn the tiddler into a machine capable of tackling serious terrain.
The new car is expected to retain the three-cylinder engine and front-wheel-drive layout of the conventional Up which hit Australian shores this year.
The Cross Up follows the Polo Cross and Golf Cross in receiving Volkswagen’s urban-tough treatment.
It will feature black bumper and wheel arch segments, a larger intake and silver roof rails.
The car will also have a sportier take on the Up’s interior.
The Cross Up has not yet been confirmed for Australian shores, where the smallest Volkswagen fights in unfamiliar territory against budget cars.
Volkswagen has a few versions of its micro car up its sleeve, including an automatic, as well as electric and turbocharged takes on the Up.
The turbocharged Up GT addresses the base car’s lack of grunt by increasing torque and power levels by 50 per cent and 70 per cent respectively.