FCA has just announced in Brazil its new line of entry-level engines, called GSE (Global Small Engine), will make their first appearance under the hood of the 2017 Fiat Uno. They will include a 1.0 3-cylinder and a 1.3 4-cylinder petrol mills. The company has also released the first image of the new car, expected for presentation in September. But we already have some information on them thanks to the guys from the Brazilian website Autos Segredos.
According to them, both engines will be made entirely of aluminum and will not use belts to propel the camshaft, but chains, for an improved reliability. They will have 2 valves per cylinder, for better low rev torque. The 1.0 is expected to produce around 60 kW and 100 Nm, while the 1.3 will reach more or less 80 kW and 140 Nm. In both cases, with ethanol (all engines produced for Brazilian cars are flex-fuel).
Turbocharged versions of both engines are already under development and should appear by 2018. With the turbocharger, the number of valves will double in each cylinder, what will make the 3-cylinder a 12 valve engine and the 4-cylinder a 16 valve powerplant.