VW will launch a new small car in 2012 called the Lupo - Seat, Skoda, Audi variants planned

Volkswagen’s new small car, codenamed Up, will be sold as the Lupo. It will also extend across four different brands, including Audi, Seat and Skoda, by the middle of the decade as part of the German car maker’s ambitious target to assume global market leadership by 2018.

Planned to replace the slow-selling Brazilian-built Fox as the entry point to the Volkswagen line-up when it reaches the UK in 2012, the Slovakian-produced Lupo is the first model in an extended range of contemporary small cars Wolfsburg officials call the New Small Family (NSF).

See official pics of the VW Up and VW Up Lite concepts

Originally conceived with a space saving rear-engined/rear-wheel drive layout, the new car has been extensively reworked during its three-year development process. Cost concerns have forced a switch to more a traditional front-engined, front-wheel drive design that VW says will allow it to use existing engine and gearbox combinations without any significant penalty in overall packaging.

The new VW is said to stretch to 3445mm in length, 1628mm in width and 1495mm in height, some 525mm shorter, 54mm narrower but 33mm higher than the three-door Polo.

The Lupo will be positioned above cheap offerings like the Dacia Logan but beneath the existing Polo in a bid to attract both first-time buyers and those seeking a second car.

The latest indications are that base versions of the Lupo will be pitched below £8200 in Britain. That price would mean it will compete head on with the likes of the Citroën C1, Peugeot 107 and Toyota Aygo.

In keeping with the Lupo’s back to basics theme, it is planned to be sold with a limited range of engines during the initial sales phase. Autocar understands the car will be launched across Europe next summer with a 65bhp, naturally aspirated, 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol unit and a 75bhp, 1.2-litre, four-cylinder common-rail diesel. The oil-burner will offer fuel economy of more than 80mpg and CO2 emissions of less than 80g/km in Bluemotion guise.

The five-door Lupo will launch in spring 2012, when a new 85bhp turbocharged 1.0-litre, four-cylinder direct-injection engine will be added to the line-up. Other driveline options are being investigated, including a pure electric version that is being developed in partnership with Audi.

Greg Kable

See all the latest VW reviews, news and video

Join the debate

Comments
46

16 July 2010

[quote Autocar]a 75bhp, 1.2-litre, four-cylinder common-rail diesel.[/quote]

you mean the 1.2 litre three cylinder diesel - like what's in the Polo already.

16 July 2010

the 1.0 turbo 85bhp sounds good, albeit with low power/capacity. a good base.

4cyl instead of the fiats 0.9 2cyl of the same power. i wonder what the torque difference will be.

I'm interested in the lupo, but have big doubts about it ever since they gave up on the "ideal" of having it rear engined and rwd. that was a big nooooooo moment for me. so i have 1 eye, possibly 2 on any other effort for a city hatch which comes out with rwd.

my chips for the moment are on the carbonfibre BMW city car, which sounds so appealing i dont care what drive it is.

16 July 2010

[quote beachland2]I'm interested in the lupo, but have big doubts about it ever since they gave up on the "ideal" of having it rear engined and rwd.[/quote]

Same here, in my eyes the concept could have been a spiritual successor to the original "Volkswagen" ("peoples car"), & it has ended up a watered down, same-again hatchback. It will probably have electric windows as standard & be basically a slightly smaller Polo.

I might be interested if it has:

a) a very simple interior, ie exposed metal, hard plastic dashboard,

b) a base model with wind-up windows & steel wheels (why not bring back the retro-style VW steel wheels with painted hubcaps?)

c) exceptional running costs, not just on the (£12k) Bluemotion but standard across the whole range. Efficiency should come as standard now, in my eyes car makers are deliberately making cars less efficient than they could then charging extra for the efficient version. Economy of scale means it would be far cheaper to engineer in the "bluemotion" changes as standard on all models.

I am looking to replace my car with a far more efficient small car, but at the moment nothing is doing it for me! I was hoping the Up! might be the car I was waiting for, but looks like the Lupo will not be! Ah well.

16 July 2010

Its lucky for VW they do a classy car and good quality interiors. so as a city polo, it will do just fine. other wise the new micra etc would steal sales.

all i want is choice, but brands dont give you choice. They brain wash you into thinking you are getting it, with option this and that. but you need to look at what you have already spent your money on. In my case its far too much for my wants. i want the fastest sportiest model, so a GTI with the best engine and suspension parts etc. but i dont want electric windows or mirrors, or fancy dash functions or steering wheel operated radio or cruise control etc. let alone air con. If you want fast, you have to pay for it, and for everything else as if they are doing you a favour, i hate them!, (spit)

16 July 2010

Pretty obvious they would never make a rear enginged / drive version. Its clever that the more premium brands are putting effort into capturing customers right at the beggining of their motoring lives. Incredible economy from the small TDi, I'd be happy to have one as a second car any day.

16 July 2010

I always think Lupo sounds like one of those childhood diseases...(sensible car though)

In fact VW names are often good for a laugh,

Toe Rag
Sharon
Polo doesn't make sense, Polo is the poorer relation but I thought Polo was a posher sport than Golf? unless they mean the mint. Hope not - big hole in it?
Caddy presumably for the bloke carrying the clubs that wouldn't fit in the Golf?
Bora - it certainly does!
The Phart On.
Passat - dull enough to easily passat by.
Fox & Beetle made good sense though.

16 July 2010

Not really surprising news, is it? I always thought the Up was going to become the Lupo, same as the Iroc concept became the Scirocco. Same idea, take the letters out of the middle of the name for the concept.

Can't wait for the next Passat concept car - will they call it the Ass?

16 July 2010

[quote disco.stu]Not really surprising news, is it? I always thought the Up was going to become the Lupo, same as the Iroc concept became the Scirocco. Same idea, take the letters out of the middle of the name for the concept.[/quote]

My thoughts exactly - who's surprised by this...?

16 July 2010

What confuses me about the reason for ditching the original design is that the Tata Nano uses a rear-drive, rear-engined layout, and it's the cheapest car on the planet. I guess it's the cost of developing a new platform, and keeping the handling safe.

16 July 2010

[quote Autocar]Volkswagen’s new small car, codenamed Up, will be sold as the Lupo. It will also extend across four different brands, including Audi, Seat and Skoda, by the middle of the decade as part of the German car maker’s ambitious target to assume global market leadership by 2018.
[/quote]So it's farewell to the Fox. Will it be missed? Probably not, since they didn't bring in the TDI model which was available on the continent and might have made sense. Its emissions in 1.2 or 1.4 petrol were pretty bad, but we'll have a diesel to look forward to in the new Lupo, so sense prevails. I think I'll go for the Skoda, because my cousin's new Octavia Scout looks and feels well-built. As for the Audi, well the original Polo was supposed to come out as an Audi 50[it was featured on an Autocar front page in the middle 70's] which came to nothing, so I won't hold my breath. I'll just have to content myself with my diesel Citroen C1 until the Skoda appears and hope that I get the same mpg and low[or even better no] road tax that I get at the moment.

Pages

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week