Fiat to launch TwinAir 500 range

Previously the TwinAir signature applied only to the innovative two-cylinder engine used on the Fiat 500 city car, but the success of the model has led to an entire range being launched.

The range, which features ‘individual looks’ and a range of TwinAir engines for the 500, will appear for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

The TwinAir range will include a new generation of TwinAir engines ranging from a 65 to 105bhp and delivering the lowest CO2 emissions currently available from a turbocharged petrol engine.

In the case of the 85bhp version, the engine returns CO2 emissions of 92g/km, meaning it is eligible for free UK road tax and exemption from the London congestion charge.

Fiat describes the engines as ‘jewels of technology in the true sense of the word’. The technology is based on the MultiAir system first seen in Fiat cars and the TwinAir engines are matched to a Dualogic robotised gearbox to reduce CO2 emissions further.

Start&Stop technology will be made available across the range to improve fuel consumption, which is 30 per cent lower than a larger 1.4-litre 16V engine.

The TwinAir range will be available in entry-level Pop or higher-spec Launge trim levels, depending on the engine specificed.

According to Fiat: "The 500 TwinAir range, aimed at an urban, fun-loving audience, is remarkable for its very individual looks and product content that guarantees great value for customers"

Both hatchback and cabriolet Fiat 500 TwinAir cars will be showcased at Geneva and sold under the TwinAir name.

Prices for the new TwinAir range will be announced closer to their introduction in UK dealerships.