Fiat 500 lineup goes all in with turbocharged engines
MultiAir 1.4-litre turbo 4-cylinder becomes base engine across the lineJoe Duarte
Published: February 8, 2018, 10:30 PM
Updated: April 30, 2018, 6:45 PM
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is turbocharging its Fiat 500 lineup for 2018 … literally, making the turbocharged MultiAir 1.4-litre 4-cylinder engine the base engine across the line.
Again available in Pop, Lounge and Abarth models (in both coupe and convertible), the 500 will come standard with the 135-hp 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo engine that is supported by two intercoolers and a sport-tuned exhaust, and delivers 34 more hp than last year’s normally-aspirated base engine to the front wheels via either a standard 5-speed manual or optional 6-speed automatic. The track-ready Abarth comes with a 160-hp version of the 1.4 turbo
“With an all-turbo lineup, the iconic Fiat 500 now offers an even more dynamic driving experience and more standard horsepower than any of its competitors,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat, for FCA North America. “In fact, the entire FIAT brand lineup now comes standard with turbocharged power, adding to our roster of fun-to-drive, Italian-designed vehicles.”
Available in three new colours (Brillante Red, Mezzanotte Blue Pearl and Vesuvio Black Pearl), the cars also get refreshed styling, with body-colour front and rear fascias, lower bodyside ground effects, and a sport spoiler. Also standard are fog lamps, 16-inch aluminum wheels, performance brake system, sport suspension and reaview camera.
Unique Abarth features include a performance suspension, 3-mode stability control with innovative torque transfer control that maximizes throttle performance during on-throttle cornering, 16-inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels showing off red brake calipers, and double-tip dual exhaust system producing a unique Abarth-tuned exhaust note.
The 4-door 500L continues with the 160-hp 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo as the standard engine, as does the 500X compact crossover, though the Sport, Trekking and Lounge models continue with the 2.4 Tigershark MultiAir “four,” paired to a 9-speed automatic.