The bulletproof and well-known 4JJ1 engine from Isuzu was getting a bit long in the tooth, it was time for a refresh. Blocks, pistons, injection, the lot. They wanted to make sure it’s a worthy successor so they put it through a 4million+ km durability test. We think numbers speak, so let’s bring up some more numbers: 450Nm from 1600RPM, and 140KW at 3600RPM will serve future UTEs and commercial vehicles very well. The torque band is much wider than that of a 4JJ1 too. The bit that interests us tuners the most is the new Denso injection system that provides 25% more fuel pressure than the old one giving us much more headroom for further enhancements. The other important update is the electronically controlled Variable Geometry System (VGS) Turbocharger that was heavily revised. In terms of its efficiency, you can expect a consumptions of 7.7-8 litre on 100kms and it complies with Euro V standards even without AdBlue. We’re looking forward to seeing the new D-MAX and MU-X models with this smoother, beefier power plant.
2013 Mercedes A180 1.6T
Tuning gains: +55HP +114N.m
Tiny but mighty!
“This is a great shape and just want to get a bit more oomph from it” Indeed the CLA (W176) platform is a stunning car, and you are right to get a tune, don’t leave those juicy gains on the table – I mean 300+N.m of torque on these little things is perfect for city driving and a bit of seat deepening fun.
These 1.6T engines, including the N13 from BMW and even the Polo’s are very detuned from the factory with a lot of gains available to them. Engine tech in terms of efficiency and design has come a long way that these smaller displacement options are great fun and actually pretty decent place to start in terms of your performance car/enhancement journey (side note, look at the GR 3 pot engines, crazy engineering!). Sure 2.0T is preferable, but with the 1.6T you get quite a less thirstier engine overall
??? TUNING RESULTS ???
+55HP, total of 177HP @ 5000 RPM
+114N.m torque, total of 314N.m @ 1250-4000 RPM
software enhanced RPM range
improved throttle response
linear power delivery
ENGINE: 1.6T M270-DE16 (W176 platform)
ECU: Bosch MED17.7.2
POWER: 90 KW (122HP) @ 5000 RPM
TORQUE: 200 N.m torque @ 1250-4000 RPM