Volkswagen Cross Up unveiled

* VW Up with SUV styling cues * On sale in Europe in late summer * UK sales possible, from 11,750...

Volkswagen Cross Up unveiled

This is the VW Cross Up, an SUV-themed version of the popular city car that could well reach British dealers if customer demand is strong enough.

The Cross Up is based on the five-door UP and is near-identical mechanically. It comes with front-wheel drive, but takes chunky styling cues from off-roaders, including black panelling on the wheelarches and sills, door protection strips, silver roof rails, and silver embellishments on the bumpers. VW says the bodyshell sits higher, but it does so by a very modest amount, if the initial images are anything to go by.

Inside, there's a special trim (red or grey), a unique instrument panel in red, black or dark silver, and leather cladding on the steering with contrast stitching. There are also door sill plates that carry 'Cross' branding.

The standard equipment list appears to mirror that of a well-specced Up, so it includes remote central locking, electric front windows, foglights, heated door mirrors and a multi-function display. The engine is the 74bhp three-cylinder petrol motor that has already impressed us in the Up.

VW has sold Cross-badged models before, based on the Golf, Polo and Touran but they haven't made it to UK dealers. The company has yet to commit to selling the Cross Up here either but insiders say it could be brought in, in tiny numbers, and with a price tag of around 11,750.

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By John McIlroy