Volkswagen’s Up! first arrived on the scene in 2012 as a spiritual successor to the Lupo city car. An updated version of the car has now been revealed ahead of an official world debut at next month’s 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Among the changes is a new engine, an expanded list of personalization options and an improved audio system.
The most impressive of the updates is the new engine. It’s a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder that delivers 88 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque, the latter of which is available from as low as 1,500 revs. This is the most powerful engine offered in the Up! to date, though the car is still a slowpoke, requiring close to 10 seconds to reach 60 mph.
As for the new personalization options, VW tells us there are now 13 different colors for the body, nine different decals, three different colors for the roof and ten different designs for the main dash panel. There is also an ambient lighting package that offers a number of options to suite your mood, including white, original and blue hues.
The final change worth mentioning is the availability of a 300-watt sound system from Dr. Dre’s Beats Electronics. The system, known as BeatsAudio, will be offered in a number of VW products. In the Up!, there are seven speakers in total: two tweeters in the A-pillars, two woofers in the front doors, two broadband loudspeakers in the rear as well as a subwoofer integrated in the spare wheel well.
As was the case with the original, there are no plans to introduce the updated Up! in the United States.
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