Spied – VW Up! caught in Brazil with modifications specific to emerging markets
Nithyanandh K, As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!
Our friends at NoticiasAutomotivas.com.br have spotted a five-door VW Up! being tested in the company of the VW Gol which is VW’s current low cost car for Brazil.
IndianAutosBlog.com had already brought you the spy pics of the Up! being tested from Indian roads.
The Brazilian test mule is a cost-down variant with black accessories. The rear windows look like a split assembly, with a wind-down capable section. The five-door European model uses butterfly glass on the rear doors.
The test mule cleverly employs a decoy tail lamp but we know how the actual tail lamps look like. There is no photograph of the interior available, but we sense there is no frills to the dashboard or seats.
The spy pictures of this low cost Up! come shortly after the news that VW is planning for a cheaper sub-brand to rival the likes of Renault’s Dacia and Nissan’s Datsun brands.
The VW Up! will be powered by a three cylinder 1.0 litre engine most probably with flex fuel capability (Petrol and Ethanol) for Brazil, while the Indian version of this motor will run on petrol. The three-pot 1.2 litre diesel variant is expected to be the volume churner for India.
VW can’t keep the Up! away from markets like India and Brazil for long if they are any serious about their goal of being the No. 1 by 2018. But when exactly it’s coming here is a question that VW India has to answer.