Alfa Romeo expands its 147 range with the introduction of a 1,9-litre common rail turbodiesel engine. The 147 JTD goes on sale this month.

Alfa Romeo expands its 147 range with the introduction of a 1,9-litre common rail turbodiesel engine. The 147 JTD goes on sale this month.

Turbodiesel engines are becoming more refined and are no longer the domain of lumbering trucks belching black smoke on freeways. These economical units have also become increasingly popular in smaller passenger cars and Alfa Romeo joins the gang with its 147 JTD.

The 1,9-litre JTD produces 85 kW at 4 000 r/min and torque of 275 N.m at 2 000 r/min. The car reaches a top speed of 191 km/h and accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 10 seconds. Fuel consumption is quoted at a low 5,8 l/100 km in a combined cycle.

The Common Rail diesel system allows the use of optimal engine power without compromising flexibility and provides low noise levels, fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. The second-generation Garrett turbocharger offers high torque levels at low engine speeds, ensuring great flexibility and performance.

The system is complemented by an electronic management system where the exhaust gas flow and variable geometry have been optimised under all operating conditions. The turbocharging system can thus work at high efficiency levels while fuel consumption is also greatly reduced, despite the marked increase in performance.

Exhaust emission control devices, namely the electronically operated EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) valve controlled by the engine control unit, a heat exchanger for the EGR system to minimise nitrogen oxide emissions and a 0,6-litre pre-catalytic converter with a high platinum content, have been included.

The JTD will cost R198 000 and comes with a one-year manufacturer warranty with unlimited mileage. This can be extended with an additional two-year/100 000 dealer warranty. A three-year warranty is given on the paintwork and five years on rust anti-perforation.

The 147 JTD is covered by a three-year/60 000 km maintenance plan and services are required at 20 000 km intervals.