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Date: 22 August 2011

Volkswagen has released the first pictures of the new Up prior to the small car making its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.

With dimensions of 3.54 x 1.64m, the manufacturer claims the Up, which goes on sale in Europe in December, will be the ideal city car.

Three versions of the model will be available - the entry level Take Up, Move Up and the top of the range High Up.

Volkswagen is introducing a new generation of three-cylinder petrol engines with the Up with outputs of 60 and 75hp. It claims combined cycle fuel consumption for the Bluemotion 60hp derivative with a stop/start system is 67.2mpg while CO2 emissions are sub-100g/km.

Volkswagen said plans for an electric Up were also in the pipeline.

The brand is offering the small car with the option of its City Emergency Braking system, which works at speeds of under 18mph by using a laser sensor to detect the risk of an impending collision.

Volkswagen claims use of space in the four-door Up is class leading because, despite being just 3.54m in length, it has a long wheelbase of 2.42m combined with short overhangs and an engine mounted well forward.

Boot space is 251 litres and cargo space rises to 951 litres when the rear seats are fully folded.

Volkswagen is also introducing the personal infotainment device (PID) Maps and more in the Up, which it developed with Navigon and which fits into place above the centre console.

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