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Segment: Medium

In 1972, Fiat replaced the older 125 with a newer, better model: 132.

It took some design inspiration from its predecessor, but it offered more interior room and better performances.

The Italian carmaker was still on top of its game, and it was a brand hard to beat by the newcomers such as the BMW or Audi. It offered class, performance, and heritage. It had all the aces. Unlike its competitors, it was available with 5-speed manual gearboxes, which were considered a high-end technical evolution for those times. Some carmakers even placed badges on the trunk-lid with that "5-speed" ability. Just two years after the car's launch, Fiat answered some critics by improving the car. It was the right thing to do, and that served both them and the customers.

Fiat designed the vehicle with slightly curved lines. At the front, the designers installed a dual headlamps system, similar to the one fitted on its predecessor, the 125. A black instead of a chromed grille was introduced for the base trim levels, while the full-options version featured chromed horizontal slats.

Inside, there was room for five adult passengers on comfortable, velour upholstered seats. The transmission tunnel was not that intrusive into the passenger area, but still, the middle occupant from the rear bench had to choose carefully how to sit.

Under the hood, Fiat installed a choice of engines, including the twin-cam unit that was offered previously on the 125.

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FIAT 132 1972 - 1981
  9 gasoline engines
  • 1.6L 3AT (98 HP)
  • 1.6L 4MT (98 HP)
  • 1.6L 5MT (98 HP)
  • 1.8 5MT (111 HP)
  • 1.8L 3AT (107 HP)
  • 1.8L 3AT (111 HP)
  • 1.8L 5MT (107 HP)
  • 2.0L 3AT (115 HP)
  • 2.0L 5MT (115 HP)
  2 diesel engines
  • 2.0L D 5MT (60 HP)
  • 2.5L D 5MT (72 HP)
brochures (download)
FIAT 132 Brochure

FIAT 132 1.6L 3AT (98 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L 3AT (98 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1592 cm3
Power
72.1 KW @ 6000 RPM
98 HP @ 6000 RPM
97 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
95 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
129 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
101 mph (163 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
14 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
170 SR 13
DIMENSIONS
Length
172.3 in (4376 mm)
Width
64.6 in (1641 mm)
Height
56.3 in (1430 mm)
Front/rear Track
51.7/52 in (1,313/1,321 mm)
Wheelbase
100.7 in (2558 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.9 in (124 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.1 cuFT (399 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.45
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2359 lbs (1070 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3241 lbs (1470 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
20.3 mpg US (11.6 L/100Km)

FIAT 132 1.6L 4MT (98 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L 4MT (98 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1592 cm3
Power
72.1 KW @ 6000 RPM
98 HP @ 6000 RPM
97 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
95 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
129 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
103 mph (166 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
170 SR 13
DIMENSIONS
Length
172.3 in (4376 mm)
Width
64.6 in (1641 mm)
Height
56.3 in (1430 mm)
Front/rear Track
51.7/52 in (1,313/1,321 mm)
Wheelbase
100.7 in (2558 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.9 in (124 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.1 cuFT (399 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.45
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2359 lbs (1070 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3241 lbs (1470 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
22.4 mpg US (10.5 L/100Km)

FIAT 132 1.6L 5MT (98 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L 5MT (98 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1592 cm3
Power
72.1 KW @ 6000 RPM
98 HP @ 6000 RPM
97 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
95 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
129 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
103 mph (166 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
170 SR 13
DIMENSIONS
Length
172.3 in (4376 mm)
Width
64.6 in (1641 mm)
Height
56.3 in (1430 mm)
Front/rear Track
51.7/52 in (1,313/1,321 mm)
Wheelbase
100.7 in (2558 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.9 in (124 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.1 cuFT (399 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.45
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2359 lbs (1070 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3241 lbs (1470 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
23.3 mpg US (10.1 L/100Km)

FIAT 132 1.8 5MT (111 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8 5MT (111 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1756 cm3
Power
81.6 KW @ 5600 RPM
111 HP @ 5600 RPM
109 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
109 lb-ft @ 3400 RPM
148 Nm @ 3400 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
106 mph (171 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/70 SR 13
DIMENSIONS
Length
173.4 in (4404 mm)
Width
64.6 in (1641 mm)
Height
56.1 in (1425 mm)
Front/rear Track
52/52.3 in (1,321/1,328 mm)
Wheelbase
100.7 in (2558 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.9 in (124 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.1 cuFT (399 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.46
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2414 lbs (1095 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3296 lbs (1495 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
21.4 mpg US (11 L/100Km)

FIAT 132 1.8L 3AT (107 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8L 3AT (107 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1756 cm3
Power
78 KW @ 6000 RPM
107 HP @ 6000 RPM
105 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
104 lb-ft @ 4200 RPM
141 Nm @ 4200 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
104 mph (167 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/70 SR 13
DIMENSIONS
Length
173.4 in (4404 mm)
Width
64.6 in (1641 mm)
Height
56.1 in (1425 mm)
Front/rear Track
52/52.3 in (1,321/1,328 mm)
Wheelbase
100.7 in (2558 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.9 in (124 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.1 cuFT (399 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.45
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2414 lbs (1095 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5501 lbs (2495 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
18.5 mpg US (12.7 L/100Km)

FIAT 132 1.8L 3AT (111 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8L 3AT (111 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1756 cm3
Power
81.6 KW @ 5600 RPM
111 HP @ 5600 RPM
109 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
109 lb-ft @ 3400 RPM
148 Nm @ 3400 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
106 mph (171 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/70 SR 13
DIMENSIONS
Length
173.4 in (4404 mm)
Width
64.6 in (1641 mm)
Height
56.1 in (1425 mm)
Front/rear Track
52/52.3 in (1,321/1,328 mm)
Wheelbase
100.7 in (2558 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.9 in (124 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.1 cuFT (399 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.46
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2414 lbs (1095 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3296 lbs (1495 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
19.6 mpg US (12 L/100Km)

FIAT 132 1.8L 5MT (107 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8L 5MT (107 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1756 cm3
Power
78 KW @ 6000 RPM
107 HP @ 6000 RPM
105 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
104 lb-ft @ 4200 RPM
141 Nm @ 4200 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
106 mph (171 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/70 SR 13
DIMENSIONS
Length
173.4 in (4404 mm)
Width
64.6 in (1641 mm)
Height
56.1 in (1425 mm)
Front/rear Track
52/52.3 in (1,321/1,328 mm)
Wheelbase
100.7 in (2558 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.9 in (124 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.1 cuFT (399 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.45
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2414 lbs (1095 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5501 lbs (2495 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
21.6 mpg US (10.9 L/100Km)

FIAT 132 2.0L 3AT (115 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L 3AT (115 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1995 cm3
Power
84.6 KW @ 5600 RPM
115 HP @ 5600 RPM
113 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
122 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
166 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
106 mph (171 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/70 SR 13
DIMENSIONS
Length
173.4 in (4404 mm)
Width
64.6 in (1641 mm)
Height
56.1 in (1425 mm)
Front/rear Track
52/52.3 in (1,321/1,328 mm)
Wheelbase
100.7 in (2558 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.9 in (124 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.1 cuFT (399 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.45
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2513 lbs (1140 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3395 lbs (1540 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
18.1 mpg US (13 L/100Km)

FIAT 132 2.0L 5MT (115 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L 5MT (115 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1995 cm3
Power
84.6 KW @ 5600 RPM
115 HP @ 5600 RPM
113 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
122 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
166 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
109 mph (175 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.3 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/70 SR 13
DIMENSIONS
Length
173.4 in (4404 mm)
Width
64.6 in (1641 mm)
Height
56.1 in (1425 mm)
Front/rear Track
52/52.3 in (1,321/1,328 mm)
Wheelbase
100.7 in (2558 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.9 in (124 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.1 cuFT (399 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.45
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2513 lbs (1140 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3395 lbs (1540 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
24 mpg US (9.8 L/100Km)

FIAT 132 2.0L D 5MT (60 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L D 5MT (60 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1995 cm3
Power
44.1 KW @ 4400 RPM
60 HP @ 4400 RPM
59 BHP @ 4400 RPM
Torque
83 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM
113 Nm @ 2400 RPM
Fuel System
Indirect Injection
Fuel
Diesel
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
84 mph (135 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
26.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/70 SR 14
DIMENSIONS
Length
174.2 in (4425 mm)
Width
65 in (1651 mm)
Height
56.5 in (1435 mm)
Front/rear Track
52/52.6 in (1,321/1,336 mm)
Wheelbase
100.7 in (2558 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.9 in (124 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.1 cuFT (399 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.45
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2800 lbs (1270 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3682 lbs (1670 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
24.2 mpg US (9.7 L/100Km)
Highway
35.1 mpg US (6.7 L/100Km)
Combined
30.9 mpg US (7.6 L/100Km)

FIAT 132 2.5L D 5MT (72 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.5L D 5MT (72 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2445 cm3
Power
52.9 KW @ 4200 RPM
72 HP @ 4200 RPM
71 BHP @ 4200 RPM
Torque
108 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM
147 Nm @ 2400 RPM
Fuel System
Indirect Injection
Fuel
Diesel
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
89 mph (143 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
18.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/70 SR 14
DIMENSIONS
Length
174.2 in (4425 mm)
Width
65 in (1651 mm)
Height
56.5 in (1435 mm)
Front/rear Track
52/52.6 in (1,321/1,336 mm)
Wheelbase
100.7 in (2558 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.9 in (124 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.1 cuFT (399 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.45
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2822 lbs (1280 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3704 lbs (1680 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
23.1 mpg US (10.2 L/100Km)
Highway
24 mpg US (9.8 L/100Km)
Combined
26.7 mpg US (8.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
233 g/km
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