Volkswagen revealed a number of different concept cars based on the up! city car at this year’s IAA. But among them the Cross up! is most likely to make it into production as the five-door up!
For the five-door up! VW decided not jut add the rear doors, but to differentiate the car over the three-door version by giving it styling cues of an SUV, including suspension raised by 15 mm all round. The five-door looks chunkier than the three-door.
To mention other changes over the base car, front air intake is also modified, with a honeycomb grille that is distinctly larger, especially towards the bottom.
VW apparenlty wanted this car to really be a crossover kind of thing, because they’ve also fitted it with silver-coloured underbody protection at both ends, roof rails, and 16inch alloy wheels. So you don’t get the same car with just two extra doors, it is actually a whole new experience, more versatile and more functional than the three-door up!
Order books for the three-door up! will open in October with the first models arriving in the UK in spring 2012. The five-door model will follow later in the year.