Fiat Expanding TwinAir Range

Fiat is planning to move forward on the downsizing route, as the company wants to spread the use of the new two-cylinder 900 cc turbocharged TwinAir engine.

The Italian company will offer the powerplant in three levels of power and will also install it in a wider list of models (the unit is currently only available for the 500 model).

The model will make its debut with the 84 hp version which will be introduced on the 500 in September. The unit offers similar performance with the four cylinder 1.4-liter naturally aspirated engine already available on the 500, but comes with a 30 percent fuel consumption and emissions reduction. The latter unit will stay in production.

Customers will also be offered a 64 hp entry-level version of the engine (this offers the same output as the current 1.2-liter naturally aspirated unit) and a beefier 105 hp incarnation.

According to Fiat, the unit will also make its way under the hood of vehicles belonging to other brands in the Group’s portfolio. However, the engine’s modest output makes it an unlikely choice for marques like Abarth. This means that the new unit could be found in Lancia vehicles, for example.

But let’s see what the TwinAir engine can do. The 84 hp version installed in a Fiat 500 (the unit is mated to an automated manual gearbox) offers a combined cycle fuel economy of 57.5 mpg (4.1 liters per 100 km). In addition to that, the powerplant emits 92 grams of CO2 per km, a figure that can be translated into a 43 percent reduction, compared to a conventional unit offering the same output.
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