Fiat and Suzuki Motor Corporation are expanding their long-term business relationship. The new agreement between both auto majors entails the supply of Fiat’s 1.3L MultiJet 75hp BS-IV small diesel engine. The small diesel engine is being produced under license by Fiat India Automobiles Limited (FIAL), the JV between Tata Motors and Fiat.
Fiat India will supply up to 100,000 Multijet 75hp SDE engines each year to Suzuki’s affiliate company Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) beginning January 2012 for 3 years. The 1.3 Multijet is a BS IV four-cylinder, 16V engine. It powers the all-new Swift and these additional supplies will enable Maruti to fulfill its deliveries of the car to the over 100,000 buyers who booked it. An estimated 80 percent of demand was for the diesel version. The SX4 and Ritz are also powered by the 1.3 Multijet engines.
Production of Fiat 1.3L MultiJet 75hp diesel engines for MSIL will commence in the 4th week of January 2012 at the FIAL Ranjangaon plant near Pune. The new numbers are in addition to the 1.3L MultiJet SDE engines, which are currently licensed by Fiat to be manufactured by Suzuki Powertrain India Limited. The 4 cylinder 1.3L Multijet 75hp BS-IV SDE is a 16V engine that uses Fiat’s Mutijet injection technology, which combines performance with low environmental impact, resulting in diesel efficiency and performance in its class.