VOLKSWAGEN SPACE UP! CONCEPT
The Tokyo Motor Show saw the debut of space up! - the latest concept vehicle to join the Volkswagen up! family. The space up! takes its inspiration from the up! concept that was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show last month. Modest external dimensions belie the vehicle's versatility. Its spacious interior features four individual seats, three of which can either be folded or removed completely to increase luggage space.
Access to the trunk area in confined spaces is made easier with side-hinged rear doors intersected by a VW roundel. As with the up! concept the space up! features a translucent panel at the rear into which the car's high-intensity LED brake lights are set.
The space up! was penned by a team led by Chief Designer of the VW Group, Walter de Silva. It shares many traits with the up! including the simple, cohesive lines running through the vehicle. In the space up! the wheelbase is extended to improve interior space, while each of the 165/50 R18 wheels is pushed into each corner. Despite the gains in size, the space up! is still 6" shorter than the current smallest European Volkswagen model, the Fox.As with the up! concept, the space up! features a small compartment at the rear for an engine - be it petrol, diesel or electric. Above this space is a luggage area, which is complemented by the addition of further stowage under the hood. This space can be extended through a removable panel in the passenger footwell to allow for awkward loads.
The simplistic approach of the exterior design is reflected inside, where access is gained through unique butterfly doors hinged on the A- and C-pillars, allowing uninterrupted access to the front or rear seats. Clean surfaces are joined by intuitive and advanced touchscreen panels, through which both climate and entertainment functions can be accessed. The screen in front of the driver relays information on the vehicle's critical systems.Development of production versions of the up! family of vehicles is already underway with the aim of bringing a road-going version of this exciting rear-engined, rear-drive concept to the market before the end of the decade.