The Up!-sized Volkswagen Cross Up! -- a lifted version of the Up! city car first shown at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show -- is debuting at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
With the VW Cross Up!, VW hops on the mini-crossover bandwagon started by the Fiat Panda 4x4 and to be joined soon by the Vauxhall Adam Rocks. Like the Fiat, the Cross Up! is lifted a few millimeters, sports silver faux-skidplates, roof rails, and black body side moldings.
Inside, the Cross Up! is fitted with special trim (with the choice of red or anthracite), a soft-touch dashboard, a leather steering wheel, chrome trim, and "Cross Up!" logos.
Like the base Up! hatchback, the Cross Up! sports a 1.0-liter I-3 that makes 73 hp and 75 lb-ft of torque. The three-pot is hooked Up! to a five-speed manual. When Motor Trend tested the Up! with a five-speed manual, the hatchback accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 12.6 seconds – we're predicting the Cross Up! will need a bit more time than that to hit 60 mph.
The Cross Up! joins a VW Cross lineup that includes the CrossPolo, CrossGolf, and CrossTouran.