Official – Premier to introduce a 72 bhp Multijet engine on the Rio

Posted on: Jul 30, 2012 - 3:36pm IST

Premier has officially confirmed that it will introduce a 72bhp 1.3L Fiat-sourced diesel engine on the Rio. It has listed this engine on its website, along with the 1.5L diesel and 1.2L petrol engines that currently serve India’s first compact SUV.

Premier Rio facelift

Termed CRDi4, the BS4-compliant 1,248cc Fiat diesel engine produces 72 bhp@4000 rpm and 183 Nm@1800-2400 rpm. It is fitted with a fixed geometry turbocharger and an intercooler. The engine is married to a 5-speed manual transmission.

Premier has not listed the Rio Multijet’s fuel efficiency on the brochure though it is expected to be the best of the three engine options.

The dimensions and technical specifications of the Rio Multijet variant are unchanged. It is 3970 mm long, 1570 mm wide with a wheelbase 2420 mm. It has a ground clearance of 200mm with a minimum turning radius of 4.7 m. The vehicle’s kerb weight, trunk space, suspension systems, etc have not changed either.

Premier has not announced the launch date yet, but we’re expecting the vehicle in dealerships in the next couple of months. The launch of the CRDI engine unlocks the Rio’s availability in main metros where there is immense potential for a compact SUV.

The Premier Rio is the previous generation Daihatsu Terios, the manufacturing rights to which were sold to Chinese car company Zotye, with whom Premier Automotive struck a partnership in 2009 to import kits into India.

The Rio is a Japanese product, produced by a Chinese company, assembled in India with an Italian powertrain and sold under a Portuguese name.

Premier Rio Brochure listing the CRDi4 variant

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[Source – Premierrio.com]

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6 thoughts on “Official – Premier to introduce a 72 bhp Multijet engine on the Rio

  1. Sridhar says:

    Liked this sentence, “The Rio is a Japanese product, produced by a Chinese company, assembled in India with an Italian powertrain and sold under a Portuguese name.” 🙂

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  2. Sameer Contractor says:

    The last line really makes it a global SUV…

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  3. sandy says:

    Now they need to increase their authorized service center.
    “The Rio is a Japanese product, produced by a Chinese company, assembled in India with an Italian powertrain and sold under a Portuguese name”, now thats a proper Global product.

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  4. Naveen Shetty says:

    Could you please elaborate how the rio is sold under a Portuguese name ?

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    1. Rio is a Portuguese word for River, very commonly used.

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  5. Aditya says:

    Fiat’s multijet engine has the best in class power/weight ratio diesel technology offers today. Secondly, until this machinery was introduced Diesel engines were looked down upon as non-environment friendly and expensive to maintain. The engine makes use of spring loaded valves that open/close at a definite fuel pressure. It makes use of multiple points to inject a pre-determined quantity of fuel, rather than the conventional single-central point of injection.

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