Volkswagen Up! — TIMING CHAIN OR BELT?


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The Volkswagen Up or Volkswagen Up!, is a city car (A-segment in Europe) produced by the German marque Volkswagen. This city car belongs to a new collection of cars which were first presented at the International Motor Show Germany in 2011.

This car belongs to a series of models known as the Volkswagen New Small Family Platform (NSF). This new platform, also called Typ AA or PQ12 Platform has been used in other cars from the Group VAG, such as the Seat Mii or the Skoda Citigo. The Volkswagen Taigun, a subcompact crossover SUV, was originally planned to be produced in that platform, although it was cancelled and later manufactured on a different platform, the Volkswagen Group MQB A0 IN. Instead of the Volkswagen Taigun, the PQ12 Platform hosted the Volkswagen T-Cross.

Since 2010, the Volkswagen Up! has a battery electric version, the E-Up. There are no thermal engines versions of this car available, since Volkwagen, following a strategy similar to that of Smart and Renault with the Twingo, has decided to leave the Up! as a 100% electric model. In addition, the design line that Volkswagen has taken to develop its new range of electric vehicles (ID.3, ID.4…) is strongly inspired by the Up!

The Up! substitutes the Volkswagen Fox, which was at the same time the successor of Volskwagen Lupo. There is only one generation of this vehicle.

Volkswagen Up! Timing Belt or Timing Chain?

Down below you will see a list with all the Volkswagen Up! models which have been produced so far. They are classified by model identifier, year and type of bodywork. Above each list, we show you a series of pictures so that you can have a visual reference for each model. In some cases, both the original and its updated design are displayed to help you identify them with ease.

In this guide you will find all the Volkswagen Up! models.

■ Timing Belt / Cam Belt (Correa / Faja de Distribución)
■ Timing Chain (Cadena de Distribución / Cadena de Tiempo)
■ Gear Driven (Distribución por Engranajes)
100% Electric, No Timing (Sin Distribución)
Unknown / Not Updated (Información desconocida)

If a car model is specified in blue, it means its motor engine has a timing chain; that is, it has no timing belt. The rest of the vehicles marked in grey have a timing belt/cam belt.

Volkswagen Up! I – First Generation

Hatchback (121, 122, BL1, BL2)

Diesel Engines

There are no diesel-engined versions of the VW Up! Gen 1.

Petrol Engines

  • CHYA 1.0 60 CV (2011)
  • CHYB 1.0 75 CV (2011)
  • DKRA 1.0 GTI 115 CV (2017)
  • DKLC 1.0 TSI 90 CV (2016)
  • DNBA 1.0 TSi 101 CV (2017)
  • CSEZ 1.0 Flex 82 CV (2014 – 2016)
  • CPGA 1.0 EcoFuel 68 CV (2012)

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