Longer wheelbase than Fiat Argo hatchback; likely to go on sale in Brazil by early next year.
For all those die-hard fans of Fiat cars, the all-new Cronos sedan that has just broken cover is of immense importance. Previously code-named as X6S, the Argo-based sedan is set to replace the aging Grand Siena and Linea models in the emerging markets. Although the new car is specific to the South American markets, FCA may extend the car to other similar markets including India in the upcoming years. The company has christened the next-generation budget sedan “Cronos”, the youngest leader of the first generation of Titans, the divine beings.
On the face of it, the Fiat Cronos maintains the personality and attributes of the Argo hatchback. It is neither sublime as the Tipo 4-door sedan, nor regrettably naive as a entry-level budget car. The front fascia is differentiated by its distinctive grille with a fine chrome louver and mesh backdrop. The wedge-shaped fog lamp cluster and chrome applique in the lower bumper adds to the enhanced impression, as against its hatchback sibling. The character lines on the hood and LED DRLs in the headlamps are borrowed from the hatch.
A high waist line and wheel arch creases augment the rear quarter panel design, while darkened B-pillar and nicely carved silhouette presents a respectable impression. Elongated wheelbase in comparison to the Argo is also evident. Over the rear, the `short back´ styled boot and high-held lid is one of the best designs in the segment. The tail lamp and LED graphics follow Argo´s approach, while the black underside patch on the lower bumper gives a muscular appeal to the sedan. The sedan, which stands on 10-spoke alloy wheels, also appears way taller than it actually is.
The Cronos will be offered in two trims – Drive and Precision. The Drive variants are powered by 1.3-litre Firefly petrol engine generating 101 hp power at 6,000 rpm and 13.7 kg.m torque at 3,250. The same unit makes 109 hp and 14.2 kgfm torque for the ethanol fuel. The Precision variants, on the other hand, boast 1.8-litre E.torQ petrol that can deliver 135 hp at 5,750 rpm and 18.8 kg.m at 3,750 rpm, with a boost of 4 hp for ethanol. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard for both the trims, but a 6-speed auto option is limited only to the Precision variants.
The new Fiat Cronos will be assembled at FCA´s facility in Argentina. The car will lock horns with Chevrolet Prisma, Hyundai HB20S, and Ford Ka + in the Brazilian market. The newly launched Volkswagen Virtus, Chevrolet Cobalt, and Honda City are also distant rivals for the car.
Next, would you like to read more on Fiat?