VW’s new entry-level model stays true to the concept, but gets a more conventional front-engine, front-wheel-drive layout. The Up! is based on VW’s new MQB platform. In Europe it will be powered by a turbocharged 1.0L three-cylinder TSI gasoline engine. The base 59 horsepower version gets 56 mpg on the European cycle and the more powerful 74 horsepower version gets 54.6 mpg. The 1.0L engine can be mated to either a five-speed manual or six-speed clutchless auto. Even though the Up! is a new entry-level model for Europe, VW hasn’t announced any plans for a diesel-powered Up!
The three-door Up! will go on sale in Europe in December 2011, with a five-door version set to be released in the second half of 2012. VW has also announced plans for a plug-in electric Up! Sadly there are no plans to released to he Up! in the U.S.