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A production-ready prototype of the Volkswagen Cross Up! has been spotted in Europe completely undisguised – save for a fresh dumping of snow.

Appearing almost identical to the Volkswagen Cross Up! concept that debuted alongside four other Up!-based creations at the 2011 Frankfurt motor show, the Cross Up! adds a rugged quality to the super-cute five-door city car.

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Distinguishing the Cross Up! from the standard sub-light hatchback is a set of matching silver front and rear bumper inserts, a larger front intake with honeycomb grille, and the customary black plastic wheel arch covers, side skirts and lower bumper sills.

The Cross Up! also sits 15mm higher than the five-door Up! and features silver underbody protection panels at the front and rear for those insistent on taking their chunky city car off the beaten track.

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Differentiating the prototype from the Frankfurt concept is a new set of alloy wheels, as well as black roof rails instead of the original silver fixtures and silver mirror caps in place of the concept’s body-coloured covers.

Set to launch overseas during the first half of 2013, the Cross Up! will add to the family of off-road-inspired models in Volkswagen’s European line-up, joining the CrossPolo, CrossTouran and the recently revealed Cross Caddy – none of which are available in Australia.

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