Visitors to this the Frankfurt Auto Show got the biggest indication of the look of the production five-door up! when VW shoed the cross up! concept. It was one of six small car family concepts that were displayed alongside the three-door up! model.
The cross up! previews the five-door up! but with the addition of styling cues from an SUV, including suspension raised by 15mm all round.
The most obvious differences when compared with the standard three-door up! are the additional doors and the styling of the C-pillars. While on the three-door, the shoulder line and windows ascend towards the r C-pillars, on the five-door the two elements form a straight line, creating a more upright appearance.
Many of the styling elements on the cross up! (such as the wheel arches and side sill extensions as well as the black side protection strips above the sills) will be familiar to those who recall the last-generation Polo Dune, sold in mainland Europe as the Cross Polo. These cues give the vehicle a more rugged look, as can be seen in the eye-catching front bumper with silver cross-bar and integrated foglights. The front air intake is also modified with a honeycomb grille that is distinctly larger, especially towards the bottom.
Underneath, there is robust silver underbody protection at both ends. Like the front bumper, the rear bumper also gets a silver cross-bar. That color is echoed in the matte silver roof rails and the light silver mirror caps, all offset by the eye-catching Tornado Red paint of the body, which can also be found surrounding the VW logo in the centre of the 16” wheels.
On the cross up! study, the red theme continues inside the spacious interior where the seats have red center panels, offset by grey side panels. The dashboard panel and upper door trim panels are also body-colored. Other accents, such as the bezels of the air nozzles and the center console, are designed in black piano paint, while the leather-wrapped steering wheel, gear lever and handbrake all have decorative seams.
Order books for the three-door up! will open in October with the first models arriving in spring 2012. The five-door model will follow later in the year.