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The up!’s portable infotainment system snaps into its center console (Photo: VW)

Volkswagen's new up! minicar will feature an infotainment device that can be taken out of the car and put back in more easily than previous systems.

VW said the "maps + more" system, which was developed jointly with navigation systems specialist Navigon, will provide an affordable infotainment solution that integrates navigation, telephone information and entertainment areas.

The system, which snaps into the up's center console, allows control of all infotainment through a touchscreen. Important vehicle functions such as the visual display of the up's ParkPilot can also be seen on the screen.

VW will show a final version of the up at the IAA in September. The car will go on sale in December.

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The up!’s portable infotainment system snaps into its center console (Photo: VW)

The carmaker this week announced more details of the new model, which will be a small electrically propelled city car equipped with a range extending gasoline or natural gas engine. The model is 3,540 mm long, 1,640 mm wide and 1,480 mm tall. It will initially be offered in three versions with two small gasoline engines and a natural gas powerplant.

The up will also have a new City Emergency Braking system that is automatically activated at speeds of less than 30 km/hour. The system uses a laser sensor to detect the risk of an imminent collision.