Fiat releases new 1.6 diesel engine

Until now, Fiat had only two diesel engine sizes for diesel cars: 1.3 and 1.9-liter. In order to "fill the gap" between the two, the automaker has released a new 1.6-liter engine that can be ordered in 105 and 120 HP versions. Fiat's Lorenzo Sistino states, "This new generation of diesel engines is suitable for the newest CO2-based tax schemes which are being implemented around Europe".

The engine has the same horsepower as the 1.9-liter units, yet they deliver the same performance with less consumption. Fiat claims an eight percent drop. The 105 HP version is capable of using just 4.9 liters every 100 km (which is 48 mpg), which is even improved in the "eco" versions to 4.5 l/100 km (52 mpg) and 119 g of CO2 per km. Although at launch the engine will only be fitted with a 6-gear stick, Fiat is getting double-clutch transmissions in May, called Dual Logic. A DPF (diesel particulate filter) is standard for the 120 HP version and optional for the 105 HP one.

Fiat also claims that service intervals are extended up to 35,000 km. Prices for the Bravo are very interesting as well (check the full list at Autoblog en Español here).

[Source: Autoblog en Español]

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