The global premiere of the new Volkswagen Up at today’s Frankfurt motor show has been accompanied by a six-strong range of Up-based concepts, including a GT version.
An electric e-Up is also on display alongside a four-door Cross Up, two Up buggys designed for the beach and an Eco-Up with 79g/km Co2 emissions.
Powering the GT Up is 98bhp version of the 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine found in the standard three-door car. VW says the car is in the spirit of the original Golf GTI and promises exceptional performance thanks to its low 900kg kerb weight.
The electric e-Up has been confirmed for production in 2013 and the Frankfurt show car previews the production version. It uses a 60kw electric motor and 18kwh battery pack. It can reach a top speed of 85mph and can travel about 80 miles on a single charge.
The Eco up is powered by a 66bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder natural gas engine. VW says the car, which features its Bluemotion Technology, is already a production reality. Its ultra-low 79g/km Co2 figure is claimed to be a new best for a natural gas powered car.
The four-door cross up is another car with a production future. VW says the car both previews the imminent four-door Up and shows how it may look when given the rugged ‘cross’ makeover.
The two buggy concepts have a beach theme. The buggy up takes its inspiration from Beetle-based buggys from California in the 1960s, while the up azzurra is based on a Mediterranean theme. It is the work of designers Giorgetto Giugiaro and Walter de Silva and takes its name from the azzurra sailing team in Italy.