The new e-Up may not look that different, but the upgrades are more than enough to grasp your attention. That’s because VW ditched the old, 18.7 kWh battery pack in favor of a larger 32.3 kWh one, making the tiny electric car capable of travelling up to 161 miles (260 km) on a full charge per the WLTP cycle.
Usually, this sort of upgrade comes with a price premium, but Wolfsburg actually reduced the price of its smallest EV, which now starts from €21,975 in Germany, before subsidies, making it €1,595 cheaper than its predecessor.
Power comes from an electric motor with 82 HP (83 PS), which sends the 2020 e-Up to 62 mph (100km/h) from a standstill in 11.9 seconds, half a second faster than the previous model. Top speed is still capped at 81 mph (130 km/h).
The new battery is also compatible with DC fast-charging, allowing users to get it up to 80 percent in just one hour when plugged to a 40kW socket.
VW is also launching a special deal for its smallest EV during this pre-sales phase: customers who wish to secure one of the first examples of the between September 18 and October 31 will get the opportunity to lease it for just 159 euros per month.
Seat and Skoda have also introduced the electric versions of the Up’s siblings at Frankfurt, which feature the same electric powertrain and driving range.