Geneva International Motor Show 2016., Volkswagen updates the up! and reveals concept car

Two models take centre stage for the Volkswagen brand at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show. First, the new edition of the up! city car: this will soon be appearing on the market with a new engine option, an impressive variety of extras and improved smartphone integration. Second comes a fascinating concept car which will enliven the compact car class as a trendy, affordable SUV.

The new up!

With an expanded choice of powerful petrol engines (now also including a turbocharged 66 kW/90 PS 1.0 TSI), efficient natural gas or innovative electric power units – the new up! leaves nothing to be desired in terms of drive units. A number of models will be appearing – three equipment lines, a cross-version and the spacious, 2-seater load up! – as well as new exterior colours, seat fabrics, dashpads and decorative decal designs which give each up! its own individual character. Another new feature is the smartphone integration which now allows access to navigation, music and vehicle data when used with the Volkswagen app. In addition, Volkswagen throws into the mix the up! beats, blended by US audio specialists BeatsAudio™ and boasting a 300-watt sound system.

Concept car revealed

The concept car, meanwhile, can be seen as the beginning of a broad SUV offensive. It depicts a new automotive attitude to life whilst remaining perfectly suited for everyday use. With this, Volkswagen gives a realistic perspective on a completely new model series and, at the same time, on the future production model. Its operating concept features hardly any switches, creating a conceptual bridge to the BUDD-e, which captured the imagination of an international audience at the CES in Las Vegas last month.