Taking a leaf out of Volkswagen’s book, Fiat is said to be putting together a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder Multijet turbo diesel engine. The motor will first make an appearance on the Jeep compact SUV range in 2016, and could later be adapted to power various new Fiat cars. The engine is likely to be a downsized version of the 1.6 liter-4 cylinder Multijet turbo diesel engine that Fiat uses in many cars sold in Europe. The 1.5 liter engine capacity for the 1.6 liter Multijet motor has to do with the excise duty regulations for sub-4 meter cars in India.
Fiat’s current 1.3 liter Multijet turbo diesel engine falls behind the competition in the premium B+ segment hatchback and the C-Segment sedan categories, in terms of peak power and torque outputs. Both the Fiat Punto EVO and the Linea 90 HP Diesels aren’t as peppy as the cars that the competition has to offer. If the 1.5 liter Multijet turbo diesel engine makes it to Fiat cars sold in India, more driving enthusiasts are likely to flock to the Italian brand considering the fact that Fiat pitches its cars to the aforementioned segment of car buyers.
As the new, 1.5 liter Multijet diesel engine will arrive only in 2016, the current Fiat Punto EVO hatchback and the Linea sedan will continue to operate with the 1.3 liter diesel engines. Legislation has played a large role in determining engine sizes of mass market cars sold in India. Mahindra developed the 1.5 liter twin turbo diesel engine for the Quanto, specifically to suit the sub-4 meter excise duty reduction standards while Volkswagen has done something similar with the new Polo 1.5 TDI.
Honda also developed the 1.5 liter i-DTEC diesel engine to suit the Indian market and Fiat promises to be the latest automaker to take this route in India, underscoring the country’s emerging clout as one of the world’s largest car markets.
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