12 February 2013 ~ 2 Comments

CrossUp to star at Geneva motor show; ‘Cheer Up’ special edition launched

2013 Volkswagen CrossUp

Volkswagen has, predictably, announced a ‘Cross’ version of its award-winning Up city car. To be launched at the 83rd Geneva motor show next month, the CrossUp (we’re still not pandering to the silly punctuation) joins the established CrossPolo, CrossGolf and CrossTouran models. A European market-only model at the moment, UK availability is yet to be decided, reportedly currently thought to be 50/50. Volkswagen UK had sold limited examples of the CrossPolo and CrossGolf in this country (badged ‘Dune’), but we would imagine that the market is just too small for such a niche model, especially as it lacks four-wheel drive, a feature the new Fiat Panda 4×4 does have.

Whatever the UK market decision, the CrossUp looks the part. It gets the mandatory black plastic mouldings for the wheel arches and sills, as well as ‘CrossUp’-branded side strips. There’s also silver roof rails, wing mirrors, and bumper insets, front fog lights, a raised ride height (Volkswagen doesn’t state by how much), and 16-inch ‘Cross’ alloy wheels with 185/50 tyres. The interior isn’t as ‘Crossed’ up as much as the exterior, which a choice of red or anthracite trim, black, red or silver dashpad, and leather-trimmed steering wheel and handbrake lever. Door sill trims also get ‘Cross Up’ branding.

Standard equipment includes remote central locking, electric front windows and door mirrors, variable cargo floor, multifunction display, and ESC electronic stability programme. Powered by the higher output 74bhp, 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox used in other Ups, the CrossUp will be available in Germany from late summer, with a starting price of €13,925, which equates to £11,982 at current exchange rates. Although not up to traversing large European mountain ranges, the smart CrossUp might just be the thing for scampering across very wet grass or scooting around the city.

As well as the CrossUp, Volkswagen has also announced a more imminent special edition, and we had to check the calendar to make sure it wasn’t 1 April. The Cheer Up (we kid you not) closely resembles the range-topping High Up with its anthracite-coloured multi-spoke alloy wheels. To lift your heart, it also features ‘Galvano’ (no we don’t know either) Grey door mirror casings, chrome-trimmed front fog lights, ‘uniquely’-trimmed seats, and RCD 215 CD/MP3 player. Engines are the usual 1.0-litre 59 and 74bhp petrol three-cylinders, while the Eco Up’s 67bhp natural gas-powered unit is also available. Prices start at €11,825 – a saving of €895 over a similarly-equipped standard model. Those crazy Germans!

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