Four new Volkswagen Up concepts have gone on display at the Geneva motor show
6 March 2012

The Volkswagen Up has appeared in four new concept guises at the Geneva motor show – the Swiss Up, Winter Up, X Up and Cargo Up.

Swiss Up, designed to pay tribute to Geneva and Switzerland, has an exterior and interior that’s painted in the red and white colours of the Swiss flag.

The cabin is finished in the ‘ceramique’ trim colour. The leather is also styled in ‘ceramique’ in the outer area of the seats, the rear head restraints and the middle of the rear bench seat; the seat surfaces (and grab handles in the roofliner) are upholstered with brown Alcantara.

Running laterally across the centre panels of the front seat backrests is a narrow leather band. Worked into each leather band is a holder for a pocket knife. White, silk-like ‘porcelain paint’ adorns the dashboard, while the decorative bezels of the round air vents are painted in ‘tornado red’.

The Winter Up is based on the four-door Cross Up concept that was on show at the Frankfurt motor show last year. It is designed for winter sports, and features a snowboard carrier on the roof rails. The car also has ESP with differential locks to deal with snowy road conditions.

The Volkswagen is painted in two colours: ‘pure white’ and ‘malibu blue’. The body surfaces are painted in cool ‘pure white’, while ‘malibu blue’ is used as a contrasting colour on the bumpers, the door mirror housings and the seam that runs parallel to the side windows.

This variant has underbody protection at the front and rear, and rugged exterior accents on the wheel wells and side sills. Up to four snowboards or six skis can be stowed on the roof rail-mounted holder.

The X Up is intended as a ‘go anywhere’ vehicle and gets a roof box with two integrated searchlights, as well as robust side panels and underbody guards at the front and rear.

Like the Winter Up, it is based on the Cross Up and could potentially go into production very quickly. The X Up is painted in ‘burned orange metallic’ with the bumpers and roof box finished in ‘anthracite’. The surrounds of the search and fog headlights are chrome. The interior gets two-tone door inserts, door entry sills and a special gearshift grip.

The Cargo Up is designed as a delivery van and offers 1400 litres of rear space. It is equipped with underbody protection front and rear, and its sides have sill trim panels. As with the cross up!, there is also a roof railing. Inside, the cargo up! has been emptied except for the driver seat and the cockpit. This has created a flat cargo floor both on the passenger's side and in the boot.

Powered by the entry-level 59bhp engine in the Up range, the Cargo Up weighs 929kg, can carry a payload of 426kg and has a 15mm higher ride height.

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1 March 2012

They look like Matchbox Toys to me. Very cute indeed! A fire engine and an ambulance would be make useful additions to the range. E

1 March 2012

[quote Autocar]

Swiss Up, designed to pay tribute to Geneva and Switzerland, has an exterior and interior that’s painted in the red and white colours of the Swiss flag.

The cabin is finished in the ‘ceramique’ trim colour. The leather is also styled in ‘ceramique’ in the outer area of the seats, the rear head restraints and the middle of the rear bench seat; the seat surfaces (and grab handles in the roofliner) are upholstered with brown Alcantara.

Running laterally across the centre panels of the front seat backrests is a narrow leather band. Worked into each leather band is a holder for a pocket knife. White, silk-like ‘porcelain paint’ adorns the dashboard, while the decorative bezels of the round air vents are painted in ‘tornado red’. [/quote]

Both tenuous and clichéd at the same time!

[quote Autocar]

The Winter Up is based on the four-door Cross Up concept that was on show at the Frankfurt motor show last year. It is designed for winter sports, and features a snowboard carrier on the roof rails. The car also has ESP with differential locks to deal with snowy road conditions.

The Volkswagen is painted in two colours: ‘pure white’ and ‘malibu blue’. The body surfaces are painted in cool ‘pure white’, while ‘malibu blue’ is used as a contrasting colour on the bumpers, the door mirror housings and the seam that runs parallel to the side windows.

This variant has underbody protection at the front and rear, and rugged exterior accents on the wheel wells and side sills. Up to four snowboards or six skis can be stowed on the roof rail-mounted holder. [/quote]

Ahh but has it got four wheel drive like the Panda? How good is it really going to be on the white stuff?

[quote Autocar]

The Cargo Up is designed as a delivery van and offers 1400 litres of rear space. It is equipped with underbody protection front and rear, and its sides have sill trim panels. As with the cross up!, there is also a roof railing. Inside, the cargo up! has been emptied except for the driver seat and the cockpit. This has created a flat cargo floor both on the passenger's side and in the boot.

Powered by the entry-level 59bhp engine in the Up range, the Cargo Up weighs 929kg, can carry a payload of 426kg and has a 15mm higher ride height. [/quote]

The most sensible concept of the lot, it's just a shame they've saddled it with the smallest engine.

Clearly these conversions have been designed in Europe and it shows. I'd like to see the Californians get hold of the UP and see what they can come up with.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

1 March 2012

How about an mpv version, the 7Up?

An electric/hybrid version for Yorkshire folk, the E-Up.

An equstrian limited edition, the G-Up.

1 March 2012

[quote Azurite]

How about an mpv version, the 7Up?

An electric/hybrid version for Yorkshire folk, the E-Up.

An equstrian limited edition, the G-Up.

[/quote] The American army version = the FUBAR The Male Chicken version = ****Up

1 March 2012

[quote TegTypeR]

Ahh but has it got four wheel drive like the Panda? How good is it really going to be on the white stuff?

[/quote]

Since it is designed for Continental countries and these mostly require winter tyres by law it should be pretty good. As numerous threads on autocar over the last cold snap point out you don't need 4 wheel drive to get about on the snow.

1 March 2012

[quote Azurite]

How about an mpv version, the 7Up?

An electric/hybrid version for Yorkshire folk, the E-Up.

An equstrian limited edition, the G-Up.

[/quote] Very good! How about the Man Up! ? This would be packed with a colf & flu tablet dispenser

Out of them all, I like the cargo Up version the most. Seems like a possibility

1 March 2012

[quote enda1]Since it is designed for Continental countries and these mostly require winter tyres by law it should be pretty good. As numerous threads on autocar over the last cold snap point out you don't need 4 wheel drive to get about on the snow. [/quote]

Totally agree. I remember getting to the top of Box Hill in Surrey many years ago in deepish snow in my 2CV - one of the best cars in snow I have owned - leaving lots of more so-called capable machinery behind buried at the side of the road including a few 4x4s. It just had skinny tyres that didn't get bogged down and big wheel arches that didn't jam up with snow and front wheel drive and 36bhp to haul it along!

The campervan is going up for sale as we have bought a permanent weekend home and I might consider replacing it with an Up to keep the Roadie out of the worst of the winter weather. It depends what deals are available...

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1 March 2012

Am i the only one who is already pretty sick of the Up? i just cant seem to have any interest in it and all these concepts are doing my head in! I normally like seeing what companies do with there cars, but the Up just seems to be annoying me, perhaps its the stupid name!

1 March 2012

the next ones will be

This side..

Round.....

Bottoms....

and finally .........................Up.. Yours

1 March 2012

ohhh and mustn't forget those folks way out in the boonies

Hic....up ........... oh no thats was for the Pub Landlords!

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