Volkswagen Up! five-door on the radar for Australia

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The five-door variant of the Volkswagen Up! has been revealed in official images sourced from the European patent office.

The three-door version of the super-light German city car will go on sale in Australia late in 2012, undercutting the Polo and potentially offering a sub-$15,000 starting price.

Volkswagen Australia is yet to confirm the five-door Up! for our market, but says it is “absolutely” under consideration to join the three-door in local showrooms.

Volkswagen Australia is expected to announce revisions to its Polo range in the coming weeks, with the biggest change understood to be the discontinuation of the entry-level three-door Trendline model to open a price gap for the Up!.

Volkswagen confirmed its plans to make a five-door Up! in October following confirmation from sister company Skoda that it would release three- and five-door versions of the Up!’s twin, the Citigo.

Volkswagen has not yet revealed the production version of the five-door Up! but gave us a good indication of what to expect when it unveiled the Cross Up! concept at the 2011 Frankfurt motor show.

The Cross Up! sported an off-road theme with black plastic wheel arches, silver bumper plates and a 15mm-boosted ride height.

As the patent images (first published by Auto Forum) show, the production model is set to lose the rugged theme, although some have suggested it may retain the concept’s taller ride height.

Volkswagen is yet to confirm the five-door Up!’s powertrain details, although it will almost certainly use the three-door’s 44kW and 55kW 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine tunes. The most frugal three-door Up! will use just 4.2 litres/100km on the combined cycle when teamed with start-stop technology.