2011 Volkswagen Cross Up! Concept

The 2011 Volkswagen cross up! concept, a collaborative project from brand design chief Klaus Bischoff and Walter de’Silva, first appeared at the Tokyo Auto Show in 2011.


The VW Cross Up! is detailed with stylish accents, along with the same rugged German Engineering that has made VW a hallmark in the auto world. With a body painted in “tornado red”, and splashed with matte silver elements such as the roof rails, mirror caps, and wheel covers, the Cross Up! is not quickly forgotten.

The silver accents carry over into the undercarriage, creating a nice, unified look. There are several new design features that are equally eye-catching, such as the satiny black side protection strips above the sills, the large, honeycombed grille, and the silver bumper, which has integrated fog lights.


Inside, the decor is equally pleasing. Both the dashboard and upper trim panels are painted in the same “tornado red” as the exterior, and accented with glossy piano black painted control console and air-flow nozzles.

The steering wheel, gear-shift grip, and parking brake grip are all covered in a buttery-soft leather highlighted with colored seams. The door sill guards are a nice touch, offering protection from shoes upon exit or entry.

The Cross Up! is built on Volkswagen’s MQB or “Modularer Querbaukasten” chassis architecture, an extremely flexible platform that will probably form the basis of all further Audi and VW projects. The Cross up! has greater ground clearance than its predecessor- at least 15 mm greater.


The 148 horses under the hood with direct injection and turbo-charging, in a hefty 155 pound four-cylinder engine give the Cross up! plenty of power. It also has two electric motors, which gives it the “cross” designation:

The 54 hp motor mounted in front, with nearly 114 lb/ft of torque, when coupled with the back mounted 114 hp motor with 199 lb/ft of torque allows the Cross Up! to work as an electric vehicle for 25 miles, or as a parallel hybrid in either front or all wheel drive.

All told, the Cross Up! is a sporty little crossover with plenty of design features that are sure to please.


General Info
Vehicle Type: Sedan Base Price: NA
Length: 139 in. (354 cm) Wheel Base: 95 in. (242 cm)
Height: 58.6 in. (148.9 cm) Width: 64.6 in. (164.1 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 8.8 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Engine: 4 Cylinder Turbo Horsepower: 148 HP
Electric Horsepower: 54 hp(front) Torque: 114 lb-ft
Electric Horsepower: 114 hp(rear) Torque: 199 lb-ft