Monday, November 10, 2008

The Fiat Bravo range is extended by the brand-new 165 bhp Euro 5 2.0 Multijet

The Fiat Bravo is a leading seller in the most competitive market segment and continues to flaunt its unchallenged technological leadership with the launch of the new 165 bhp 2.0 Multijet with DPF (particulate filter) and type-approved to Euro 5 standards.

The innovative version, available in Sport and Emotion specifications at a price (ready-to-drive) of 24,300 euro, confirms the Fiat brand’s commitment to the environment in terms of reducing emissions and fuel consumption. All this further underscores the liveliness, flexibility and driving satisfaction that have always been features of the model.

The new 165 bhp 2.0 MultiJet constitutes a natural evolution of the 1.9 Multijet and offers considerable benefits from the viewpoint of performance (with an increase in torque and power) emissions (just 139 g/km) and fuel consumption (5.3 l/100 km over a combined cycle). In detail, the increase in cylinder capacity between the two engine versions was achieved by increasing the bore from 82 mm to 83 mm. The compression ratio was also reduced from 17.5:1 to 16.5:1 (this made it possible to achieve a substantial reduction in NOx levels). Compared to the 1.9 Multijet, the 165 bhp power unit uses a new type of low voltage spark plugs that allow starting with minimum preheating times. Last but not least, compliance with Euro 5 is guaranteed by the use of a close-coupled DPF (CCDPF) that is standard on both versions and an advanced exhaust gas recirculation system (EGR) with all subcomponents packed into one small element (EGR module). The Euro 5 type approval also means that the car maintains a high resale value for longer and is given precedence when traffic restrictions are in force.

Despite a considerable reduction in fuel consumption and emissions, the 165 bhp Euro 5 Bravo 2.0 Multijet boasts category-topping performance: top speed is 215 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes place in just 8.2 seconds. Car flexibility is also increased due to a torque of 360 N/m that peaks at a lower rpm than on the 1.9 Multijet.

Running economy is also improved: as for the 1.6 Multijet engines, the service interval has been set at 35,000 km (a record for the category that confirms the reliability achieved by Fiat Group Multijet engines).

The new 165 bhp Euro 5 2.0 Multijet is another item in the long list of new products that have been introduced since the Bravo’s launch and make this model the benchmark in its category in terms of style and also, increasingly, for its proven substance and state-of-the-art technology. Examples include the introduction of the powerful Turbo T-jet petrol units and the revolutionary 1.6 Multijet diesel engine; the introduction of the innovative Dualogic sequential gearbox; the use and application of the most sophisticated systems and devices for passenger protection and for control of the car's dynamic behaviour, as evidenced by the introduction as standard of a state-of-the-art ESP (Electronic Stability Program) device (not for nothing was the Fiat Bravo awarded a sought-after 5 star rating by EuroNcap); the option of ‘Blue&MeTM’, a system created as a joint venture between Fiat Group Automobiles and Microsoft that has brought a quantum leap in in-car communication, information and entertainment paradigms to improve comfort and the quality of time spent on board – and lastly Blue&Me Nav, an ultra-efficient pictogram navigation system that allows access to a simple and useful set of telematic services at the best price on the market.

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