Making its debut at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show, the Volkswagen Cross Up! has already been released in the European market and will go on sale later this year. It is an SUV style version of the Up! city car. There is talk of it also going on sale in the UK.
The Cross Up! attempts to look tough with its unique 16-inch aluminum wheels on 185/50 rubber, and contrast-colored elements such as the silver mirror caps, bumpers, and roof rails. The Cross Up! also sits higher off the ground, featuring big black-plastic wheel arches, and there even are under-ride guards. The interior gets a significant upgrade as well, including a leather-wrapped steering wheel and hand brake, uniquely styled seats in red or anthracite, and a red, black, or dark silver dashboard panel. The effect is upscale and stylish; altogether, the Cross Up! treatment turns the Up!, with its extremely clean and almost academic design language, into a more fashionable and aesthetically approachable car.
VW will offer more variations of the Up! down the road. According to CarandDriver.com their favorite, of which is a turbocharged version of the triple with 110 horsepower available—a prototype of which they drove last year, alongside a prototype of the Cross Up. While the market for mini-cars in the U.S. is as miniature as the vehicles themselves, the Up’s ever-expanding lineup of cleverly packaged city cars would have as good a shot as any to make it in America.