2012 Volkswagen Up! five-door officially revealed

The five-door version of the Volkswagen Up! has been officially revealed ahead of its European launch in March.
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The unveiling comes less than one week after the vehicle’s exterior design was previewed in images sourced from the European patent office.

The five-door Up! is in many ways identical to its three-door sibling. The three-door Up! will arrive in Australia late this year, while Volkswagen Australia says it is “absolutely” interested in bringing the five-door here too. VW is expected to confirm its plans for the five-door at a briefing later this week.

Volkswagen says the five-door Up! will be available across Europe by mid-year, and anticipates more than half of all Up! buyers will opt for the new variant.

The five-door Up! gets the 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine already confirmed for the three-door range. It comes in two tunes – 44kW/95Nm and 55kW/95Nm – the former using 4.5 litres of fuel per 100km on the European combined cycle, the latter accelerating from 0-100km/h in 13.2 seconds.

Five model variants will be offered across the European range: Take Up!, Move Up!, High Up!, Black Up! and White Up!.

While it gains two additional doors, the five-door loses the three-door’s rising rear window line, substituting it for a less stylised flat sill.

The five-door Up!’s boot is one litre smaller than the three-door (251 litres vs 252 litres), but both expand to 951 litres with the rear seats folded forward. Both versions of the Up! are four-seaters, with room for two in the front and two the back.

Depending on the market, the Up! will be available with automatic emergency braking, a portable touchscreen navigation and infotainment system and Bluetooth phone connectivity, among other features.

The five-door Up! will command a 475-euro ($580) premium over the three-door in Europe.