Premier, the company which is widely known for the taxis we have in Mumbai made their comeback in the second half of 2009 with the introduction of their mini-SUV named Rio. Even though the car made less news it gave birth to a one of a kind platform in the Indian market, that of an ultra compact SUV.
Presently, Premier Rio is available with a 1.5-liter diesel which is Peugeot based producing a decent power of 65PS and torque of 152Nm. Now AutoCarIndia editor Hormazd Sorabjee twitted that Rio to get Fiat 1.3 Multijet diesel engine for BS IV markets from Jan 2012. This will be the same engine on which almost all our hot selling cars like the Swift, Dzire, Ritz, SX4, Vista, Manza, Palio & Punto run on.
This 1.3-liter Fiat Multijet is expected to produce 90 hp of power at 4000 RPM and 200 Nm of torque around 2000 RPM. With the BSIV Rio now going on sale, one can expect fantastic performance and better NVH levels. Expect price of the Rio Multijet to start around Rs. 6 lakhs. The Fiat motor will help the Rio to reach 100 kmph in less than 15 seconds. Premier also plans to expand service centres to 100 soon, which will help increase the reach of the Rio.
Also see – Spied – Premier Rio facelifted
Source – Twitter