Volkswagen offers an R-Line exterior package for a number of its vehicles, including the Polo, Golf, Tiguan and Touareg. But now the Wolfsburg-based automaker has given its smallest offering, the Up, the R-Line treatment.

Specifying the optional new R-Line exterior package hands the small city car a sportier front bumper, a silver-coloured trim strip in its grille, chrome trim for its foglamps, chunkier (body coloured) side-sills, a black roof and black side-mirror caps.

In addition, the R-Line kit includes darkened rear side windows and rear screen, along with the obligatory "R-Line" logos on the side panels, plus black 16-inch “Triangle” alloy wheels wrapped in 185/50 R16 rubber. A set of 17-inch “Polygon” alloy wheels – shod in 195/40 R17 tyres – is also optionally available, either in flat black or glossy black.

The package is, of course, purely cosmetic and thus includes no performance upgrades. For that, VW offers the Up GTI, although unfortunately not here in South Africa (read about the German brand's reasoning here).

We’ve asked Volkswagen South Africa whether the R-Line package will be offered locally on the Up, and will update this story once we hear back…