Fiat India has been supplying its tried and tested 1.3 litre Multijet diesel engine to car manufacturers such as Maruti Suzuki and Tata Motors for years. The engine is now powering enough cars in the country to be labelled as the national engine of the country. In a further development, the company has signed a new agreement with the two automakers in the country, by which Fiat will supply around 2.2 lakh units of its 2.0 litre Multijet turbodiesel diesel engine and not the 1.3 litre unit as reported by Economic Times.
Tata Motors will use the new 2.0 litre Multijet diesel unit for its upcoming models, namely; Q501 and Q502 (codenamed) SUVs. The upcoming Jeep Compass will also get its power from the same MultiJet II diesel turbocharged engine that will produce around 170 hp of power. The new Jeep Compass is speculated to be powered by a 9-speed automatic transmission.
The Tata Q501 SUV, on the other hand, will be placed above the Tata Hexa in the company's portfolio. Tata will also offer the car with a 6-speed manual or an automatic gearbox. The upcoming SUV, when launched will rival against the likes of the Hyundai Tucson, Volkswagen Tiguan, Honda CR-V and Jeep Compass and is likely to be launched in 2018. As of now there is no information on the Tata Q502, but is also expected to hit the shores in 2018.
Talking about Maruti Suzuki, the 1.3 litre Multijet diesel unit from Fiat India currently powers the Swift, Swift DZire, Ignis, Baleno, Ciaz and the Vitara Brezza. The 1.3 litre engine delivers good power and is also fuel efficient. Considering the ongoing popularity of this engine, it is understandable that Maruti Suzuki has placed another large order unit for the engine.