Volkswagen introduces facelifted up! with increased power and Beats Audio image

The German automaker has prepared in time for next week’s Geneva Motor Show the facelifted up! city dweller, which will be revealed in the ocmpany’s booth on March1.

The model will be sitting in the vicinity of the recently teased SUV concept and VW has prepared for its smallest car in the lineup an array of styling, mechanical, and technological upgrades to keep it up to snuff and on par with the rest of the A segment contenders. First and foremost we have under the hood a new turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0-liter engine sporting 9 horsepower (66 kilowatts) and 118 pound-feet (160 Newton meters) of torque. This will enable a zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) run in ten seconds flat and a maximum speed of 115 mph (185 km/h). Thanks to the engine, the refreshed 2016 VW up! will have a fuel economy of 53.6 miles per gallon (4.4 liters / 100 km) and a range of up to 497 miles (800 km) on a single tank of gas, with CO2 emissions of 102 g/km.

Stylistic changes include modified front and rear bumpers, revised headlights with LED daytime running lights, side mirror caps with built-in turn signals and a new diffuser and modified taillights at the back. Customization options include 13 body paints, nine decals, three roof colors, design and color packs, colored wheels, and even ambient lighting. Inside the cabin there’s a new choice for the infotainment system: a 3.1-inch monochrome display and a five-inch color setup. The latter comes with smartphone integration and can show footage from the rearview camera. There’s also an all new 300-watt Beats Audio system with seven speakers: two tweeters in the A pillars, two woofers in the front doors, two broadband loudspeakers in the back, and a subwoofer in the spare wheel well. VW has also equipped the up! with a Pure Air Climatronic automatic air conditioning system.