Volkswagen up! facelift 6

The facelifted Volkswagen up! has been unveiled ahead of its world premiere at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show – the Teutonic city car gets a smattering of visual updates inside and out, added equipment, a new turbo engine as well as a new special edition model in collaboration with headphone maker BeatsAudio.

Exterior changes are limited to reprofiled bumpers, new headlights with standard LED daytime running lights, built-in cornering lights in the fog lights, new mirrors with integrated indicators, revised tail light graphics and a new diffuser insert. Completing the makeover are new wheels and colour choices – the latter being Teal Blue, Coral Red, Costa Azul (blue), Honey Yellow, Edelweiss (white), Blueberry and Savanna Gold.

Revisions to the interior are equally minor, with a new front dashboard panel with a revised centre control panel and new colour and decor choices, as well as a new seat designs. For the first time on the up!, a flat-bottomed multifunction steering wheel, Pure Air Climatronic auto air-con and ambient lighting are being offered, as is a Light and Sight package with welcome and follow-me-home lights as well as auto wipers.

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Volkswagen has also revised the infotainment systems on the up!, with a base Composition radio/CD player with a 3.1-inch monochrome display, as well as a Composition Phone system with a 5.0-inch colour display and Bluetooth connectivity. Options include DAB+ digital radio, six speakers and a USB port in the centre console, while the Composition Phone system adds a reverse camera option for the first time on the up!.

Smartphone connectivity has also been upgraded with the new Maps + More dock for the Composition Phone system, which can integrate current smartphones running Android or iOS. It adds offline navigation, multi-info vehicle data display, Think Blue Trainer fuel economy guide and E-charging Manager (for the e-up!) functionality to the mix, along with the usual telephony, radio and media features.

Not enough? You can opt for the up! beats model with a 300-watt BeatsAudio sound system that adds an eight-channel amplifier with a digital signal processor (DSP) as well as seven speakers, including a subwoofer in the boot.

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This model also gets special trinkets to distinguish it from its lesser brethren, including new 15-inch alloy wheels, special decals, contrasting colour door mirror caps, a unique dash panel, door sill plates, colour-coordinated seat belts and standard smartphone integration and white ambient lighting.

Under the bonnet, a new 1.0 litre turbocharged TSI three-cylinder engine joins the range, developing 90 PS and 160 Nm. With a standard five-speed manual, the up! 1.0 TSI sprints from 0-100 km/h in 10 seconds before reaching a top speed of 185 km/h, while fuel economy is quoted at 4.4 litres per 100 km.

Elsewhere, the existing 60 PS and 75 PS 1.0 litre naturally-aspirated MPI engines, 82 PS electric e-up! and 68 PS natural gas eco up! models have been retained, as is a five-speed automatic option.

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