A Volkswagen representative has confirmed the next generation of the up! will be out in 2017 riding on a newly developed platform.

A Volkswagen representative has confirmed the next generation of the up! will be out in 2017 riding on a newly developed platform.

The company's technical chief of transmission development Michael Schafer declared recently the current up! was designed in such a way that it can only have a single-clutch automatic gearbox. He explained this is due to the car's small front compartment which will be replaced by a larger one once the next-gen model will hit the market sometime in 2017.

As a result of this switch, the new up! will have enough room at the front to fit either a torque converter automatic or an in-house dual-clutch DSG. Chances are VW will opt for the first option as it will be cheaper to buy a ready-made transmission from Aisin, Getrag or Jatco rather than to build a DSG almost entirely.

Thanks to the increased size, Volkswagen will be able to fit the 2017 up! with a new range of TSI engines as replacements for today's MPI units which Schafer admits they don't have a "good feeling in the car" and are not "very sporty or very smooth."

He added the production variant of the up! GT with its 105 HP (77 kW) 4-cylinder, 1.2-liter turbocharged engine will feature a slightly longer nose to accommodate the larger and more powerful engine.

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