Yesterday, we reported that the soon-to-be-launched Maruti Suzuki Celerio, which would replace the current gen Alto in most international markets, has received a four star rating in Latin NCAP crash tests. (CLICK HERE to read our this story)
It has now emerged that Latin NCAP has awarded the Volkswagen Up! with a full five star rating in adult crash protection! For child safety, the Up! scores 4 stars. These crash test results from Latin NCAP hint that the upcoming car could become one of the safest small cars to go on sale in Brazil.
Unlike the all-glass hatch-door on the European model, the Brazil spec car gets a metal door. Also, the car gets roll-down mechanism for the rear windows (versus butterfly-type windows on Euro-spec car), a thicker C-Pillar and inclusion of trafficators on the side rear view mirrors.
In Brazil, the Volkswagen Up! will go on sale in the following variants – Take Up!, Move Up!, High Up!, White Up! and Black Up!. Out of these, Take-Up and Move-Up! will are three-door body variants.
Powering the Volkswagen Up! will be a 1.0 litre three-cylinder engine that can run on flex-fuel (petrol + ethanol). This engine will come mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. Some of the variants will also be offered with an automatic transmission.
The Volkswagen Up! Brazil launch is being expected to take place sometime in February this year and the car could be priced between R$ 26,000 (6.8 Lakh INR) to R$ 28,000 (7.3 Lakh INR).
Stay tuned to Motoroids for more updates on the Volkswagen Up! hatchback