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2010-03-19 06:34
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Alfa Romeo
Model MiTo 1.3 JTDM-2
Engine 1.3l turbodiesel
Power 70kW @ 4 000r/min
Torque 200Nm @ 1 500r/min
Zero To Hundred 11.6 sec
Top Speed 180km/h
Fuel Tank 45l
Fuel Consumption 4.3l/100km
Weight 1 150kg
Alfa Romeo’s stylish MiTo hatchback is to benefit greatly from a confluence of Fiat powertrain technologies in the form of a new 1.3 JTDM-2 derivative.

Currently aimed at the diesel orientated European market only, the new 1.3l compression ignition engine boasts Fiat’s MultiJet II system which enables up to eight injections per cycle.

In terms of internal architecture the 1.3l four-cylinder engine features a radically undersquare design (69.6/82mm bore/stroke ratio) and produces 70kW at 4 000r/min and 200Nm of peak rotational force at an engine speed of 1 500r/min.

The 1.3 JTDM-2’s engine is profiled for economy and as such the benchmark 0-100km/h sprint time of 11.6 seconds is hardly in line with Alfa’s competition heritage. Thanks to stop/start technology and staggering combustion efficiency MiTo 1.3 JTDM-2 returns 4.3l/100km measured within the combined driving cycle.

For those mindful of emission taxes the MiTo 1.3 JTDM-2's C02 rating is a scant 112g/km.

So, if you require stylish hatchback motoring and low running costs - the MiTo 1.3 JTDM-2 would seem a compelling alternative.

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