What is it?
The latest iteration of the Fiat Group’s TwinAir engine installed in a mildly refreshed Alfa Romeo Mito as part of a range of minor model-year revisions for 2014.
The engine replaces the 85bhp unit previously available, and cuts 1.1sec from the 0-62mph time. Headline power outputs are rated at 103bhp, which arrives at 5500rpm, and 107lb ft, delivered at 2000rpm when the standard-fit DNA system is in Dynamic mode. Engage Natural mode and power drops to 97bhp and torque to 86lb ft.
Alfa says the key change has been to modify the intake cam profile so the engine can better modulate the amount of exhaust gas recirculated in its combustion chambers.
Emissions of CO2 increase by 1g/km at 99g/km, while claimed fuel economy remains at 67.3mpg. The engine is Euro 6 compliant.
Other changes applied across the revised Mito line-up include a new grille, new headlight surrounds and revised interior trims, which vary depending on specification. Our test car, in Distinctive trim, featured a two-tone red and black dashboard design.
The MY2014 Mito also introduces a new infotainment system with navigation developed by TomTom. The Uconnect system uses a 5in colour touchscreen and supports text-to-speech and audio streaming technologies.