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Volkswagen details the rugged Cross Up

A four-door crossover-style version of the Volkswagen Up citycar, being deemed the Cross Up, has been revealed by the German car maker.

The vehicle instantly stands out as it is the smallest SUV that Volkswagen has ever created, making it perfect for a daily commute.

Fans of the standard Volkswagen Up will notice plenty of similarities between the Cross Up and its predecessor though, especially since the SUV is based on the five-door Up model and is near-identical in terms of mechanical setup.

What's more, the car is being designed with front-wheel drive, though it does also feature chunky styling aspects more akin to an off-roader.

This is evident by the fact that the exterior of the Volkswagen Cross Up comes complete with black panelling on the wheelarches and sills. On top of this, the car's character is enhanced with door protection strips, silver roof rails, and silver embellishments on the bumpers.

Helping Volkswagen's unique crossover-style SUV handle the road with ease and in style is a set of 16-inch alloy wheels, which are designed in a similar fashion to other Cross models and wrapped up in 185/50 section tyres.

Pop up the Volkswagen Cross Up vehicle's bonnet and drivers will also come across an economical 74bhp three-cylinder engine, which is connected to a five-speed manual gearbox.

Step inside this state-of-the-art citycar and the treats continue to appear, highlighted by the fact that Volkswagen is presenting its new SUV with a special trim – available in either red or grey hues.

The interior of the Cross Up is then further enhanced with the inclusion of a unique instrument panel in a choice of red, black or dark silver colour schemes, as well as the fact that the car's steering wheel is clad with luxurious leather material and finished with contrast stitching.

Volkswagen has not forgotten about technology when designing the Cross Up SUV either, with the vehicle including remote central locking, electric front windows, stylish foglights, a multi-function dashboard display and heated door mirrors as standard.

More will be seen of the Volkswagen Cross Up at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in March, though a UK launch date is yet to be revealed.


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