- Fiat Chrysler competence deliver hybrid energy to a entry-level cars and crossovers, including a next-gen Fiat 500 lineup, regulating a new 1.3-liter turbo inline-four.
- The eTorque complement is now accessible on 3 engines, including a 2.0-liter inline-four in the Jeep Wrangler.
- Expect FCA to dump a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated 4 and 1.4-liter turbo 4 as next-gen models debut.
Fiat’s initial gas-electric variety will expected emerge opposite a 500 lineup in a entrance indication years as Turin weeds out older, reduction fit four-cylinder engines that are exclusive with a eTorque 48-volt hybrid system.
While Fiat Chrysler announced it would electrify a 500 lineup final year, we have a good thought that gasoline engine will do a grunt work: FCA’s new 1.3-liter turbocharged inline-four. The info is strictly unconfirmed by FCA, that states that it has not announced any specific skeleton for this sold engine. During an financier assembly in Jun 2018, a association reliable that it would be introducing “mild hybrid powertrains” to a 500, 500L, and 500X, according to Automotive News.
The engine was initial launched for certain 2019 Jeep Renegade trims, teased in a Renegade and Compass plug-in-hybrid concepts, and now a usually choice in a 2019 Fiat 500X. As partial of FCA’s devise to deliver 30 new electrified models by 2022—whether hybrid, plug-in, or battery-electric—expect a 500, 500C, 500L, and 500X to deliver a 1.3-liter eTorque choice in their subsequent generations.
Without electric assist, a small engine creates a vigourous 177 horsepower and 210 lb-ft interjection to an integrated empty plural and intercooler, polymer-coated bearings, turbo boost adult to 25 psi (versus 18 psi in a 1.4-liter), and a third era of Fiat’s MultiAir variable-intake-valve system. The naturally aspirated 2.4-liter Tigershark coughs out 180 horsepower and, in final year’s 500X, usually 175 lb-ft during 3900 rpm. The new 1.3-liter’s torque peaks during 2200 rpm. With a 48-volt belt-driven motor-generator bolted to this engine—as it is on a some-more absolute 2.0-liter turbo 4 in a Jeep Wrangler—we design greater-than-Abarth levels of standing-start and midrange acceleration. The tip Abarth balance on a stream 1.4-liter turbo is usually 164 hp and 184 lb-ft in a 124 Spider.
On tip of a 1.3-liter’s increasing outlay are increasing EPA fuel-economy estimates, during slightest on a 2019 500X where it boosts city mileage by 3 mpg and on a highway by 1 mpg contra a 2.4-liter. A hybrid complement with this new engine competence finally put Fiat into high-mpg domain where these small Italian cars should have been behaving all along.
FCA won’t contend it, though we envision accelerated deaths for a buzzy 2.4-liter and a smoother 1.4-liter turbo that energy most of a Fiat and smaller Jeep models. Both engines are now defective in efficiency, NVH, and output. Compatibility with FCA’s eTorque complement is a vicious and cost-effective magnitude to revoke emissions on these entry-level cars and crossovers. And who among us doesn’t wish a Fiat to go faster?
An progressing chronicle of this story wrongly compared a 1.3-liter’s fuel economy to a 1.4-liter. It has also been updated with criticism from FCA.