Just a few weeks ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Volkswagen Up! was described as a concept car. Now, with the debut of the Space Up!, the pair are being talked of by VW as a small-car family. There seems little doubt these cars – or something very like them – will become production realities.
The Space Up! takes its inspiration from its older sibling. Penned by a team led by VW Group’s chief designer Walter de Silva, the newcomer shares the lines of the Up! However, the wheelbase has been extended to 104.3 inches to improve interior space. The overall length grows by 9 inches and the height by 1.6 inches. Despite these gains, the Space Up! is still 5.9 inches shorter than the current smallest VW, the Fox, yet retains its status as a four-seater. Three of the seats can either be folded or removed completely to allow for up to 35.5 cubic feet of luggage space. Access to the cargo area is via side-hinged glass panels, which open in the same way as the doors on the back of the MINI Clubman.
As with its stablemate, the Space Up! features a small compartment at the rear for an engine – be it gas, diesel, or electric. Above this is a luggage area and there’s more stowage space under the hood. This can be extended, through a removable panel in the passenger footwell, to allow for awkward loads.
2007 Tokyo Motor Show Coverage by TCC Team (10/14/2007)
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2007 Volkswagen UP! Concept by TCC Team (9/10/2007)
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