30.06.2010 MULTIAIR AND START&STOP TECHNOLOGY ARRIVES ON THE FIAT BRAVO

FIAT BRAVO 1.4 TURBO MULTIAIR 140 CV START&STOP

The Fiat Bravo goes on sale on the Italian market this week with two important engine upgrades, it receives the new MultiAir technology and Start&Stop, courtesy of the Euro 5 compliant 1.4 turbo unit with 140 CV, while the 120 CV T-Jet version is also upgraded to Euro 5 specification and it too offers reduced emissions.

The Fiat Bravo goes on sale on the Italian market this week with two important engine upgrades; it receives the new MultiAir technology and Start&Stop, courtesy of the Euro 5 compliant 1.4 turbo unit with 140 CV, while the 120 CV T-Jet version is also upgraded to Euro 5 specification and it too offers reduced emissions.

MultiAir is the new jewel in the engineering crown for Fiat Group and already features in a range of key selling models such as Fiat's Punto EVO, Alfa Romeo's MiTo and new Giulietta, as well as Abarth's own high performance interpretation of the Punto EVO. MultiAir is now incorporated into the Bravo range through the 1.4 litre turbocharged engine with 140 CV, which is Euro 5 compliant. The technology, through an innovative electro-hydraulic operation of the valves, offers fuel savings of  around 10 percent, a torque increase of 15 percent and power increase of 10 percent as well as a 10 percent reduction in CO2 emissions.

The fuel-saving "Start&Stop" technology also arrives in the Bravo via this engine new option. This 1.4 Turbo MultiAir engine is one of the most efficient powerplants in the world in terms of emissions and power, emitting 132 g/km on the combined cycle and is the "best in class" in terms of torque and fuel consumption: 230 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm and using just 5.7 litres per 100 km (combined cycle).

On the Italian market the Bravo fitted with the MultiAir engine and Start&Stop is available in three specification levels: "Dynamic", "Emotion" and "Sport" with the first one priced at 20,700 euro on-the-road and the latter two both at 21,700 euro. In addition customers can specify the "Blue Pack" at a cost of 800 euro and this includes the Blue&Me infotelematic system with Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports and a hands free phone kit with voice commands. The Bravo 1.4 MultiAir 140 CV also comes with a new more efficient 6-speed gearbox and the Sport version retains the special "Sport" button fitted on the dashboard that featured on the outgoing version and which allows for enhanced performance.

Coinciding with the arrival of the MultiAir option, the base 120 CV T-Jet petrol engine is upgraded to Euro 5 specification, which results in a decrease in emissions from 149 to 146 g/km. Available in "Dynamic" and "Emotion" specification levels the Euro 5 T-Jet models are priced on-the-road at 19,700 euro and 20,700 euro respectively. It means that all the Bravo's petrol engines are now Euro 5 compliant, with the exception of the 1.4 T-Jet 120 CV Dualogic. The Fiat brand will be hoping that the arrival of the new engines, which offer all comprehensive round efficiency improvements, will kick start sales of the Bravo which have tailed away in Italy in recent months leaving the 5-door hatchback far behind the C-segment leaders: VW's Golf and Ford's Focus. The Bravo isn't scheduled to benefit from any mid- or late-life restyling before the end of its lifecycle in two years time so these new engine options may well be the last major upgrade the model receives.
 

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