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!