Fiat Punto, Avventura to get powerful 1.4L T-JET engine - Report

24/01/2015 - 13:18 | ,  ,   | Anjan Ravi

Upon launch, they'll be the most powerful cars in their segment.

According to a report on Autocar India, Fiat will launch the Punto Evo and the Avventura with a 1.4-liter T-JET turbocharged petrol engine in the first half of this year. Currently, Fiat sells only the Linea sedan with this engine option.

Fiat Punto Evo front three quarters left at the launch
The most powerful petrol engine on the Punto Evo and Avventura is a 1.4-liter naturally aspirated unit developing 90 PS.

The Punto platform as such weighs a bit more than comparable rivals, and the 1.2-liter and 1.4-liter Fiat petrol engines are outclassed by competitors when it comes to power-to-weight or even fuel efficiency. Fiat hopes to address this with the T-JET engine, which on the Linea is capable of 114 PS (112.3 bhp) at 5,000 rpm and 207 Nm of torque at 2,200 rpm. It will be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.

Currently, the only other hatchbacks (non-luxury) to feature a turbocharged petrol engine are the VW Polo GT TSI and the recently launched Tata Bolt. The T-JET engine though makes more power than the 105 PS VW and the 90 PS Tata.

Fiat Avventura gear launch
The T-JET engine will be paired to a 5-speed manual transmission.

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At least on paper, the Punto Evo 1.4 T-JET and the Avventura 1.4 T-JET will be the most powerful hatchback and crossover in the sub-10 lakh segment. When launched, they are expected to cost about INR 80,000 more than the 1.4-liter naturally aspirated variant of the Punto and Avventura.

Launch date: By H1 2015

[Source - Autocar India]

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