Caught! Volkswagen Cross Up! Spy Shots

By Matthew Askari | December 06, 2012
The Volkswagen Cross Up! was originally a concept seen at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, and now it appears the Cross Up! is very much a production reality. These spy shots captured without camouflage of any kind show a nearly identical Cross Up! with side bars on the doors that have the make and model--with its silly exclamation mark--written horizontally on the bars just in case you forget what you're driving.
The Cross Up! is larger and has four doors, but is still powered with the same 1.0-liter engine as the Up! Coupe. Volkswagen has said that like the coupe version, the mini-crossover Cross Up! won't be making it to these shores. Microcars have had a rough initial start here in the U.S. The Scion iQ, Smart ForTwo, and even Fiat 500 have all underperformed or fell short of sales goals. Still, it's a shame Volkswagen won't even offer a limited number of them here in America. Just last week at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show Ford showed off its 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, which has made a splash internationally. Ford is reportedly considering an EcoSport mini-crossover version of the Fiesta, which would appear to be a natural competitor with the Cross Up! And although not a mini-crossover, we found the Mazda2 likeable, if a little underpowered. Mazda for its part may even have plans for a mini-crossover of its own, a Mazda CX-3. But that mini-crossover would still be larger and more powerful than the Cross Up!