Volkswagen has relaunched the up GTI modern city car in the UK, 8 months after its production allocation was fulfilled and it was withdrawn to agree with the WLTP emissions to transition testing.
The Suzuki Swift sports competitors’ return to the market comes as Volkswagen gear up to start deliveries of the revised e-Up, which, unlike its new Skoda Citigo-e iV and Seat Mii Electric siblings, will be sold alongside petrol variants.
Given the UP GTI quite a little time off sale, it returns basically visually unchanged, save for the addition of the redesigned Volkswagen logo and a fresh set of 17 in alloy wheels with low-profile tires. As before, the seats are furnished in Jacara checked fabric, which primarily featured on the real Golf GTI, with a strong and bottom steering wheel and GTI-badged gearstick additional distinguishing it from the rest of the Up range.
The energy delivered by the crossways mounted 1.0-liter 3 cylinder turbo machine remains 113 hp and the transmission is still sent to the front wheel through a 6-speed manual gearbox. The vehicle reaches 53.4 mpg on the WLTP gathered cycle, emits 120/kg and remains able of accelerating from 0-62 mph to 8.9 seconds and up to 122 mph.
The most vital change for prospective UP GTI buyers is a price rise from €13,750 to €15899 before choices, which represents a €3449 premium over standard up. Prices rise to €15,299 for the 5 door variant.
Joining the UP GTI in showrooms will be a latest Up R-line, accessible from €14.280. this brings stylistic specs inspired by Volkswagen top-performing models, sixteen-inch black alloy wheels, lowered suspension, black upholstery elements and heated front seats.
There are changes additional down the up range as well, with included equipment on the €12,440 entry-level model now adding 15in alloy wheels, a 5.0 in infotainment show with DAB radio and smartphone compatibility. The 74bhp mid-range machine choice has been discontinued, leaving just the 59bhp 3 cylinder unit.
Beginning from $13,125, the new black and white unique editions bring bigger 16in alloy wheels with colored highlights, as well as color-coded roof, dashboard and wing mirror housing. Unlike the UP GTI and standard UP, these models are accessible exclusively in 5 door form. All petrol editions of the up are now accessible to order, while the electric-up is guessed to go on sale in the coming months.