VW Up

According to reports, the production version of Volkswagen’s Up! compact is slated to make its debut in September next year at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with the car then going on sale towards the end of 2011. Currently, the car is going through its final prototype phase, with pre-production next on the cards.

The first version to come about in the range will be a three-door hatch, with a five-door hatch among the other variants planned. Powertrain choices for the vehicle – which will be made in Slovakia at the VW plant in Bratislava – will be three-cylinder petrol and diesel units, and for starters the production Up! will feature conventional transmissions, followed by a dual-clutch box later.

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Originally, the concept was planned as a rear-engined offering, but the production version is expected to feature a front-mounted engine to keep production costs down.

An electric version of the car – based on the Up! blue-e-motion, no doubt – is planned for introduction in 2013, which is when the electric Golf and Jetta variants are also due to make their market debut.