Facelifted Volkswagen e-up! to be revealed in September
A longer-range Volkswagen e-up! will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, ending a significant hiatus after the current model was pulled from sale at the beginning of 2019.
Speaking to our sister title Auto Express, 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.
Stackmann added: “The market below will be captured by a fabulous e-up! with an extended range.”
Last month, 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.
“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.
For now, the e-Golf is the only electric car in Volkswagen’s stable.