Fiat 500 Gets New MultiJet Diesel Engine and 60 MPG

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In addition to its two-cylinder small displacement engine and an all-electric plug-in (in concept form, anyway), the Fiat 500 will soon offer a 1.3-liter 16-valve MultiJet diesel engine that has a fuel economy of 60 mpg.

The new diesel engine can top out at 112 miles per hour and does 0-60 in 10.7 seconds. In comparison, the earlier MultiJet could barely manage 103 mph and it took 12 seconds to reach 60 mph. The engine offers start-stop technology that cuts emissions from 110 grams of CO2 per kilometer to 104 grams. The variable geometry turbocharger offers more brake horsepower (95 bhp at 4,000 rpm, up from 75 in the outgoing MultiJet engine)."This remarkable new diesel engine will add even greater excitement to the fantastic 500 range, but without adding to the cost of ownership," says Andrew Humberstone, managing director, Fiat Group Automobiles UK Ltd. "In fact, with greater fuel economy and lower emissions, everyone will benefit from this new variant."

The engine also includes a DPF particulate filter for improved emissions from a cold start.

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Source: Autoblog Green