Fiat's TwinAir engine - a turbocharged unit that features just two cylinders - will make its Australian debut next year, with the Australian importer, Ateco, today confirming its impending arrival.
The TwinAir engine is just 875cc in size and will become the smallest engine available in Australia. The engine that uses Fiat's 'multiair' electro-hydraulic engine technology is also turbocharged, and uses special gas flow management as well as friction reduction technology. Despite its diminutive size, it is only 10 percent lighter than a four-cylinder engine.
The TwinAir engine outputs 63 kW and 145 Nm with CO2 output rated at 92 g/km. Fuel use is said to be 3.6 litres per 100 km and it should run to 100km/h in around 11 seconds.
ATECO says that until this point there was no incentive to bring the TwinAir to Australia due to not having tax incentives for low emission cars. It says, though that it has been able to negotiate market-competitive prices for the TwinAir 500 and will therefore begin importing them next year.
ATECO will discontinue the Fiat 500 1.4-litre, replacing it with the TwinAir.