Fiat 500 gets new diesel powerDiesel city car now has more power, lower CO2

11 February 2010

Fiat 500 diesel

New diesel engine in Fiat's pint-sized 500 gives more power and lower CO2 emissions

Fiat has upgraded its 500 city car with a new, more powerful diesel engine that also delivers lower emissions.

The Fiat 500’s existing 75bhp 1.3-litre MultiJet turbodiesel is being replaced with a new 95bhp 1.3-litre turbodiesel featuring Multijet II technology. This will provide greater performance and improved fuel economy.

More injections, fewer emissions

High-tech advances for MultiJet II mean the engine now injects fuel into the each cylinder more quickly - up to eight times every engine cycle - which is also good news for refinement and performance.

The extra power sees the 0-62mph time drop from 12.5 seconds to 10.7; top speed rises from 103mph to 112mph.

At the same time official EU figures for combined fuel economy improve from 67.3mpg to 72.4mpg, and CO2 emissions fall from 110g/km to 104g/km. How long, we wonder, before a 99g/km Fiat 500 hits the showrooms?

Start&Stop as standard

All Fiat 500 diesels come with Start&Stop to help reduce urban fuel consumption, and a Diesel Particulate Filter to remove harmful particles from the exhaust.

They're also fitted with Fiat’s eco:Drive computer software, which claims to teach you to drive more economically, and in turn should help save you money.

The revitalised Fiat 500 diesel is on sale now. Available from £11,700 in entry-level Pop specification, and from £13,100 for Lounge or Sport. 

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