2012 Fiat Punto gets UK’s smallest petrol engine

The ‘TwinAir’ engine is the only two-cylinder petrol engine currently on sale in the UK and is available for Fiat’s smaller cars such as the new Fiat 500 TwinAir and the new 2012 Fiat Panda.

In the new Fiat 500, the TwinAir is one of very few petrol engines on the market to offer road tax-free levels of CO2 emissions and exemption from the London congestion charge.

Fiat has now announced its intention to offer the engine in the larger new Fiat Punto hatchback when it goes on sale in the UK in April.

The TwinAir engine will come with its own TwinAir trim level on the new Fiat Punto and comes with a range of styling and equipment options to complement the engine unit.

Fiat, which won an International Engine of the Year Award for its efficient MultiJet diesel engines developed the four-cylinder MultiAir engine before downsizing into a 0.9-litre TwinAir version.

Advances in engine technology mean the TwinAir engine delivers 64bhp, 84bhp or 104bhp depending on the option chosen.

The 84bhp unit is expected to be used for the Fiat Punto TwinAir trim, which comes with 12 colour choices including a unique green offered with the TwinAir model only.

A gloss black roof, 15″ alloy wheels and gloss black mirrors are all unique to the TwinAir trim, while TwinAir logos will adorn the rear of the car and the upholstery inside.

Standard equipment will be high on the Fiat Punto TwinAir with a radio, CD player, MP3 player, climate control and trip computer offered as standard.

Fiat will offer nine other engine options with the new Fiat Punto including the larger petrol MultiAir and MultiJet diesel engines.

New Fiat Punto prices will start from under £10,000 in the UK. The Fiat Punto TwinAir three-door hatchback costs £12,100 and the five-door version adds £600 to the price.