Facelifted Volkswagen e-up! could deliver 160-mile range

New Volkswagen e-up! city car could deliver almost twice as much range as the previous model, it has been suggested

The forthcoming Volkswagen e-up! - set to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September after a significant hiatus - could deliver around 160 miles of range.

Registrations for the facelifted model have already opened in the Netherlands, with online materials suggesting a WLTP-rated range of 260 kilometres.

The figure correlates with the range set to be offered by the Skoda Citigoᵉ iV - a sister vehicle to the e-up! - which will deliver 165 miles from a 36.8kWh battery when production begins later this year.

Meanwhile, VW's Dutch website suggests an 80% charge will be possible in four hours via a 7.2kW AC home wallbox charger, up from the previous model's AC maximum of 3.6kW.

DC fast-charging compatibility at speeds of up to 40kW remains.

Speaking to our sister title Auto Express earlier this year, VW’s sales and marketing boss Jurgen Stackmann confirmed that “everything we have worked on for almost three years” would be unveiled at the annual autumn show.

The launch of the long-awaited, electric ID. hatchback will be the headline act, with a “hint” towards the forthcoming ID. Crozz SUV set to feature as well.

Stackmann added: “The market below will be captured by a fabulous e-up! with an extended range.”

In March, Volkswagen announced that a Polo-sized electric car was in the pipeline to act as an entry-level model for the ID. range, but it’s unlikely to arrive before 2023.

As a result, the company is aiming to bridge the gap with a facelifted e-up!, which will boast more than the 83 miles of range achieved by the current model under WLTP tests.

Back in January, the e-up! was “closed for ordering” in the UK due to long delivery lead times.

At the time it was one of the cheapest electric cars on sale, having seen its price drop by £3,000 to £19,615 as recently as last November.

“A significant surge in demand for the e-up! across the markets has resulted in our factories hitting their maximum production capacity,” a spokesperson for the company said at the time. “Build times for new customers would therefore be too long so, to avoid disappointment, we have taken the decision to close ordering of the car.

“It is, for the time being, no longer possible to order a new e-up!. However, e-Golf remains available to order. We will re-open the ordering process as soon as is practicable.”

Only 27 e-up! models were sold in the UK 2018, suggesting that the city car - which was originally launched in 2014 - has been struggling to compete with more advanced, longer-range models.

Currently, the e-Golf is the only electric car in Volkswagen’s stable.