Two-cylinder Volkswagen Up will use a modified version of the XL1's twin
Mark Tisshaw
22 October 2012

Volkswagen is to launch a two-cylinder diesel version of the Up in 2013 as a rival to the Fiat Panda TwinAir.

Speaking at the Sao Paulo motor show, Volkswagen R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg said the engine would be adapted from the radical Volkswagen XL1, which has also been confirmed for production next year.

He said the two-cylinder engine was compatible with all models in the New Small Family platform, which opens up the possibility of a two-cylinder diesel version of the NSF-based VW Taigun concept when it makes production as expected in 2015.

The current three-cylinder engine from the Up range of cars is also compatible with VW’s larger MQB platform-based cars, said Hackenberg, which opens up the possibility of three-cylinder petrol-powered Golfs in the future.

The three-cylinder engine is of a modular design and closely related to the new four-cylinder engines in the new MQB range, meaning installation would be relatively straightforward in a Golf-sized car.

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22 October 2012

Some starry eyed journalist is bound to give such a thing a rave review but really the only beneficiaries will be the makers. Belloc wrote something about "the press was squared, the middle class prepared" which is what will happen undoubtedly.

Has anyone been to France lately and observed the little things, similarly powered, which transport the rural retired around and make a 2CV seem like the height of refinement?

22 October 2012

I cant imagine just how horrid a 2 pot diesel is going to be. It will need huge effort to damp out the vibrations. No doubt it will produce amazing results on the official EU test, but i am sure it will be truely nasty in real life

22 October 2012

If VW can make it happen, we can breathe easy.

22 October 2012

lbrinsmead wrote:

If VW can make it happen, we can breathe easy.

It would need to be better than the three pot rattler and with one less cylinder as well.

23 October 2012

The Up! is a good little city car with it's petrol engine, I see 57-60mpg without a problem. A derv will hike up the price for increased mpg,  and less refinment. The 3 cylinder petrol does a decent enough job overall even on fater roads, it feels more powerful than it actually is. I am sure it will be a decent enough lump, just not sure it will fit in with the cheeky and nippy character the Up! and it's sisters already have. We could all be proved wrong however... 

23 October 2012

I suppose the need for the Up! to have the engine will be to get greater economy of scales for that eco car VW are doing. Besides, I think it might be an interesting wee engine. 

23 October 2012

Why don't we wait and see eh? 3pots were thought to be inherently imbalanced, yet now we see mainstream brands with highly impressive, refined, and quick-enough triples in their lineups. I can't imagine VW producing an engine that's noisy, unrefined and slow...though to be fair their TDi isn't exactly tuneful. But I'm willing to keep an open mind. How long before a single-cylinder city car..?

23 October 2012

I think if VW succeeds in making the 2 cylinder petrol and diesel engines work in their Up! that they name the model the "Finger Up!" ...

23 October 2012

A two-cylinder diesel will need twin Lanchester ballance shafts to quell the vertical shake.

It will also require a carefully calibrated dual-mass flywheel to deal with the very severe torsional vibration - if it is not to be encumbered with an overly heavy flywheel.

Morgan have a similar problem with their 2-litre V-twin employed in the 3-wheeler - which has a dual mass flywheel so as not to destroy the Mazda MX5 gearbox.

23 October 2012

.....the Commer TS3 engine? Flat six piston, three cylinder, single crankshaft two stroke - diesel.

Love to see someone do a modern small displacement version of that!

 

 

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