The turbo petrol revolution is coming. And even very affordable budget cars will feature this trick technology, which boosts both performance and fuel efficiency. No less than 9 new cars will go turbo petrol in the next 9 months. Here’s the hot list.
Maruti Baleno RS
Maruti wants the hot hatchback crown, and the Baleno RS that could get this crown for them. The premium hatchback will soon get the 1 liter-3 cylinder BoosterJet turbo petrol engine, good for about 110 Bhp and 170 Nm. Since we’re talking about the Baleno here, the focus is squarely on weight, and the car weighs less than even the Swift. So, a sub-10 second run to 100 Kph from rest, and even a 9 second run if Maruti’s engineers get everything right could be on offer.
Volkswagen Polo GTI
The Polo GTI will soon be the hatchback’s flagship variant in India, one that aims to give well heeled buyers a taste of sportscar performance. The Polo GTI will pack in the 1.8 liter TSI turbo petrol engine into a 3 door hatchback form. This motor puts out 189 Bhp-250 Nm, and gets a 7 speed twin clutch DSG automatic gearbox. 0-100 Kph in the Polo GTI will take just 6.7 seconds. Top speed? 230 Kph.
Maruti Vitara Brezza
The Vitara Brezza is currently a diesel-only compact SUV, and all this will change in a few months from now. The Brezza will get the 1 liter BoosterJet turbo petrol engine, and will gun straight for the Ford Ecosport Ecoboost. Petrol powered SUVs are getting more popular in India, especially among those buyers who do limited monthly distances. Compact SUVs running on petrol make a bunch of sense.
Fiat Linea 125S
The Linea will receive yet another stab at staying relevant. Fiat will give the car a more powerful 1.4 liter T-Jet turbo petrol, and will call it the 125S variant. 125 here stands for the 125 PS of power than the motor will make on the Linea. Torque is likely to remain similar, at 210 Nm. The Linea 125S could get improved suspension that aims to make driving more fun than ever before.
Fiat Urban Cross
The Urban Cross is another fast Fiat coming your way later this year, and it’ll be turbo petrol powered too. The Urban Cross is essentially a suave version of the Avventura Abarth, which means that the spare wheel goes into the boot, and that the car gets a nice matte grey paint job. We hope that the detailing shown during the Auto Expo is retained on the production version, which will get a 140 Bhp, 1.4 liter turbo petrol motor.