Volkswagen’s head of R&D Ulrich Hackenberg has confirmed that the company’s up! model will be available to order with a two-cylinder diesel unit from next year.
Speaking in Sao Paulo, Hackenberg said that the up! will use a revised version of the 35 kW (48 hp) 800 cc TDI engine seen in the company’s funky XL1, which will also see production in 2013. Such is the flexibility of this new twin-pot’s ability to fit into all models based on the NSF (New Small Family) platform, it is also slated to appear in the Taigun compact SUV by 2015.
Finally, Hackenberg also hinted that, because the 44 kW (60 hp) and 55 kW (75 hp) three-cylinders currently powering the up! range are compatible with the MQB (Modulare Querbaukasten) platform, we could see them propelling the seventh-generation Golf before too long.