Fiat’s 1.3-Litre Multijet Engine: Small Engine, Big On (S)Miles04/01/2020
There are only few powertrains that have a run as glorious as Fiat’s 1.3-litre, four-cylinder Multijet has had. Fiat has manufactured 800,050 units of this engine and there is a reason why many call it the national engine of India. You’ll be boggled to know that this engine has been the heartbeat of as many as 21 models in India before it was taken off the assembly line on January 23, 2020. Along with powering Fiat cars, it was also outsourced to major carmakers like Maruti Suzuki and Tata Motors while also went under the hood of some Chevrolet models when the American carmaker was operative in India. Here’s a look at all the models that used the 1248cc, four-cylinder, Multijet engine.
Maruti Suzuki Swift
The first-gen Maruti Swift debuted the 1.3-litre Multijet engine.
You’ll be surprised to know that Fiat’s 1.3 Multijet engine actually debuted in India with the first-gen Maruti Suzuki Swift Diesel in 2006 and not any Fiat car. Maruti used to call it Dream Diesel and it was a runaway success in the country to an extent that it surpassed petrol sales by quite a margin. Even the timing was just right with a big gap between petrol and diesel prices and the engine along with offering a peppy performance, was also frugal. It was tunes to put out 74 bhp and 200 Nm of peak torque, ample for a small car. The engine continued to serve the model for 14 years and across three-generations.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire
The Swift Dzire also got the 1.3-litre Multijet engine.
In 2008 when the Dzire was launched in India, it was offered with both petrol and diesel engines. The first-generation model was a compact sedan measuring over four metres in length and was called thee Swift Dzire. Initially, even the Dzire was preferred with the diesel engine forming majority of the sales, however the numbers were balanced eventually with the price gap between petrol and diesel narrowing. The engine served for 14 years even in the Dzire and in the same state of tune as the Swift.
Maruti Suzuki Ritz
The Maruti Suzuki Ritz was the third model to get the Multijet engine.
Maruti’s tall boy was the third model to get the 1.3 Multijet mill when it was launched in 2009. The engine even in the Ritz churned out 74 bhp and 200 Nm of peak torque and was offered until it was discontinued in 2016 and was replaced by the Ignis.
Maruti Suzuki SX4
The SX4 Facelift was later updated with the Multijet diesel engine.
In 2008 when the SX4 was launched in India replacing the Baleno sedan, it was launched only with a petrol engine. However, three years later it was updated with the 1.3-litre diesel engine as well when the Facelift arrived. The engine was tuned to put out 88 bhp and 200 Nm of peak torque in the SX4.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
The Ertiga was launched with both petrol and diesel engine options.
Maruti Suzuki’s first MPV or LUV as Maruti used to call it when it was launched in 2013. The model was also launched with a petrol engine sourced from the SX4 and the 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine. The engine in the Ertiga was tuned to produce 89 bhp and 200 Nm of peak torque and was even carried over to the second-generation model. Later, it was replaced by Maruti Suzuki’s in-house developed 1.5-litre, four-cylinder, Diesel engine that was tuned to put out 92 bhp and 225 Nm of peak torque.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz
The 1.3-litre engine in the Ciaz was later updated with the 1.5-litre unit.
The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz was a replacement for the SX4 and had borrowed both petrol and diesel engines from the SX4, including the 1.3-litre Multijet engine developing same power figures as the Ertiga, 89 bhp and 225 Nm of peak torque. Later, even in the Ciaz it was replaced by Maruti Suzuki’s in-house developed 1.5-litre, four-cylinder, Diesel engine belting out 102 bhp and 225 Nm of peak torque.
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross
The S-Cross Facelift only got the 1.3-litre Multijet engine.
The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross was initially launched with two diesel engines, a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder power unit and the 1.3-litre Multijet unit. When the facelift model arrived in 2017, it continued only with the 1.3-litre Multijet engine. This year as the engine has been discontinued, the S-Cross is only being sold with the 1.5-litre, four-cylinder, petrol engine.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno will now be a petrol only model.
India’s bestselling premium hatchback was also launched with two engine options in 2016. While the 1.2-litre k-Series engine has been converted to BS6, the diesel variants have been discontinued as the 1.3-litre multijet engine has seen its days.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza had the 1.3-litre Multijet engine for the longest time.
The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza has had an unprecedented run in the Indian market, dominating the subcompact SUV segment for a long time. It has been a diesel only model until 2020 with just the 1.3-litre Multijet engine under its hood. However, now the Vitara Brezza Facelift is also on sale with just the 1.5-litre, four-cylinder, BS6 petrol engine.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis
Diesel variants of the Maruti Suzuki Ignis were discontinued in 2018.
As already mentioned, the Maruti Suzuki Ignis essentially was a replacement for the Ritz. However, it’s only retailed through Maruti’s Nexa dealerships. Even the Ignis was launched with both petrol and diesel engines, but variants with the 1.3-litre multijet were discontinued in 2018 when sales went down.
Fiat Palio Stile
The Fiat Palio Stile was offered with two engine options.
After Fiat entered into a joint venture with Tata Motors to share its Ranjangaon based manufacturing unit, the 1.3-litre multijet engine gave a second life to the Palio brand which by then had seen its days. The vehicle managed to garnered interest of buyers who likes the sprightly multijet engine which was complemented with impressive body manners and suspension setup of the Palio Stile.
Fiat Linea Multijet
The Fiat Linea was launched with two engine options.
The Fiat Linea was launched in India in 2007 and earned respect of driving enthusiasts with its driving dynamics. The 1.3-litre Multiijet motor was tuned to put out 88 bhp and 200 Nm of torque and was mated to a five-speed gearbox as standard. However, its top speed was rated best in the Linea at 170 kmph.
Fiat Grand Punto Multijet
The Fiat Punto was the hatchback version of Linea.
The Fiat Punto is essentially the hatchback version of the Linea sedan that featured the 1.3-litre engine in the same state of tune. Diesel variants of both models have been discontinued to now as the engine cannot meet the BS6 guidelines.
Fiat Urban Cross
The Fiat Urban Cross was one of the sexiest looking hatches.
The Urban Cross was one of the sexiest looks cross hatches of its time and the 1.3-litre multijet engine came on its own in this particular model. Tipping the scale at 1215 kg, 91 bhp and 200 Nm of peak torque felt sufficient to pull this urban cross and at no point you would complain about it feeling underpowered. Moreover, the performance was complemented with a responsive steering, larger 16-inch wheels and a supple suspension setup.
Tata Indica Vista
The Tata India Vista revived Tata’s dwindling sales.
The Tata Indica Vista was the first model to benefit from the Fiat and Tata Motors merger and the 1.3-litre Multijet engine did wonders to revive sales of the Indica brand. Even in the Indica Vista the engine was tuned to churn out 73 bhp and 200 Nm of peak torque.
Tata Indigo Manza
The Indigo Manza was the sedan version of the Indica Vista.
The Tata Indigo Manza was the sedan version of the Indica Vista and shared its powertrains with the same. Even in this model the 1.3-litre Multijet engine used to belt out 73 bhp and 200 Nm of peak torque.
The 1.3-litre engine in the Tata Zest was available in two states of tune.
The Tata Zest was essentially a subcompact sedan that replaced the Tata Indigo Manza while incorporating the same petrol and diesel engines. The 1248 cc engine in the Zest was uprated to put out 88 bhp and 200 Nm of peak torque, while base variant was also offered in 75 bhp state of tune.
The Tata Bolt was a replacement for the India Vista.
Like the Tata Zest was a replacement for the Indigo Manza, the Tata Bolt replaced the Indica Vista and the engine line-up was shared with the Zest. The 1248 cc engine in the Bolt was offered in 75 bhp state of tune while the peak torque was rated at 200 Nm. In fact, Tata Motors christened its petrol engine Revotron and diesel engines Revotorq with the launch of the Bolt and Zest.
The Chevrolet Enjoy was the India-spec version of the Wulling Hingguang.
The Chevrolet Enjoy was basically the result of collaboration between American carmaker Chevrolet and Chinese carmaker Wulling. It was the India-spec version of the Wulling Hongguang and the 1.3-litre Multijet engine was sourced from Fiat when it was launched in India in 2013. Though the model did not find many takers in the private market, it did comparatively well in the fleet car market.
Chevrolet Aveo U-VA
The Chevrolet U-VA was one of the longest and spacious hatchbacks sold in India. Chevrolet had outsourced the 1.3-litre engine from Fiat for all its small cars including the U-VA. It also had a 1.2-litre petrol engine on offer.
The Chevrolet Aveo also was sold in India with both petrol and diesel engine options. The diesel engine on offer was the Fiat sourced 1.3-litre Multijet unit that belted out 92 bhp and 210 Nm of peak torque which was its highest state of tune in any production car.
The Chevrolet Sail was a replacement for the Aveo.
The Chevrolet Sail sedan and hatchback were replacements for the Aveo and Aveo U-VA featuring same engines. So the Fiat sourced 1.3-litre Multijet unit even in the Sail belted out 92 bhp and 210 Nm which was its highest state of tune in any production car.
The Premier Rio was the first compact SUV in India.
Premier came up with its Rio subcompact SUV in early 2012 even before small SUVs came into scheme of things. The only engine on offer in the Rio was the 1.3-litre Multijet engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.
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