Two new versions of the Volkswagen Up! have been announced after the car’s debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Seat Mii will be a version of the Up! city car sold by Volkswagen’s Seat sub-brand, while VW itself has confirmed plans to introduce a five-door version of the Up!
Volkswagen confirmed it will sell a five-door Up!, which was previewed by the cross up! concept seen last month at Frankfurt. Although the cross up! sat on a raised suspension and had soft-roader design cues like silver-colored skid plates and big roof rails, the production Up! five-door probably will look more like its three-door brethren. The five-door Up! will debut “later in 2012,” perhaps once the three-door goes on sale in Europe in spring 2012.
It seems VW and Skoda aren’t the only two VW brands launching Up! variants into the market. The Seat Mii is a lightly-restyled version of the Up! three-door. Seat says the Mii — a three-letter moniker already employed for player avatars on Nintendo’s Wii gaming system — wears the brand’s “sporty Mediterranean design.” Exterior differences from the Volkswagen version are primarily new front and rear fascias, with unique lighting designs and Seat’s trapezoidal grille and angular headlights.
The Seat Mii will be offered with two versions of a 1.0-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine, producing 59 hp and 74 hp, respectively. The engines permit a maximum speed of 99 mph or 106 mph, with fuel economy ratings equating to 52 mpg or 50 mpg. The car is equipped with City Safety Assist which, like a similar system on the VW Up!, uses lasers to detect whether an accident is imminent and applies the car’s brakes.
The Seat Mii goes on sale in Spain by the end of 2011, with sales expanding across Europe by spring 2012.
Sources: Seat, Volkswagen