Based on an all-new platform, the new Fiat Argo hatchback will come as a replacement for the Punto hatchback.
Fiat Argo will succeed the ageing Punto hatchback, set for a launch next month in Brazil. Internally known as X6H, the upcoming model has been spotted several times testing around Brazil. What interests us is the possibility of it coming as the Punto’s replacement in India. The hatchback was earlier believed to carry Palio badge, but seems like Fiat has changed its plans. If Fiat plans to bring it in India, we expect early next year launch, around the 2018 Auto Expo.
Fiat is believed to use an all-new platform for it which will also spawn a new mid-sized sedan, being developed under the codename X6S. In terms of design, Argo will reportedly derive inputs from Europe-spec Tipo. However, Fiat will also add new elements in a bid to give Argo a distinct character. It is expected that Fiat is considering bringing Tipo twins to India in the next two years. If that happens, the Tipo twins will be slotted above Argo in Fiat’s line-up.
Under the hood, the Brazil-bound Argo will carry a 1.3-litre FireFly engine and 1.8-litre EtorQ Evo unit. These engines will be available with a 5-speed manual and 5-sped Dualogic automated manual gearbox. Contrary to the Brazil-spec model, the India-spec Argo is likely to come with 1.3-litre MJD oil burner and a 1.2-litre T-Jet unit. Read More – Fiat Tipo All You Need To Know
It is a bit pre-mature to comment on Argo’s India launch, but if Fiat plans to bring it in India, it could witness a grand debut at the 2018 Auto Expo. We will update you with concrete details as soon as there is an official announcement on this.
|Minimum||Rs 5 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 7.5 lakh|
In India, the Argo could be launched as the replacement for the ageing Punto that failed to gain traction despite several updates. The hatchback will face off with credible rivals including the new Maruti Swift, Hyundai Grand i10 and Tata Tiago. In a bid to achieve aggressive pricing, Fiat could manufacture the hatchback at its production facility in Ranjangaon. Keeping these factors in account, we expect Argo to carry a lucrative price between Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7.5 lakh.
|Transmission||5-speed MT & 5-speed AMT||5-speed Manual|
The India-spec model is likely to use the same engines that power the current global Punto. It is expected that the 1.2-litre unit good for 67bhp and 96Nm will power the petrol version. The diesel Argo is likely to source power from Fiat’s renowned 1.3-litre MJD unit making 90bhp and 209Nm of torque. In addition, there could be a more powerful engine powered by the 1.4-litre T-Jet turbo unit. As for the transmission options, the carline will most likely use a 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT/auto box. Read – Fiat Mobi – A Perfect Entry-level Car For India
Coming to the Brazil model, set for launch next month, it will draw power from the 1.3-litre FireFly petrol engine tuned to put out 101bhp and 134.45Nm of torque, whereas the ethanol version will deliver 109bhp and 139.25Nm. Transmission choices will include a 5-speed manual and 5-speed Dualogic automated manual unit. The range topping model in the line-up will get the 1.8-litre EtorQ EVO engine dishing out 135bhp and 184.37Nm in petrol and 139bhp along with 189.27Nm in ethanol version.
It is expected that the Punto replacement will be frugal in nature with the petrol version likely to deliver 20kmpl and the diesel unit offering slightly more at 25kmpl.
Based on an all-new platform, Fiat Argo will take design cues from Fiat Tipo hatchback. The spy images of the hatchback surfaced on inter-web give insight on styling elements which includes new alloys, full body work and a lighting package. In front, it will get a new grille, swooping headlamps etc. Rear end will sport horizontally positioned tail-lamps. The aggressively styled bumpers will receive multiple cuts and creases. It will also get a pair of new 16-inch alloy wheels and a new rear spoiler with integrated brake light.
Built on Fiat’s 326 modular platform, the Argo will have a wheelbase measuring a little over 2.50 meters, inferring ample space inside and a large boot for storing luggage. In terms of features, most of the equipment will be borrowed from Tipo including the three-spoke multi-functional steering wheel and a large MID placed between the analogue speedometer and tachometer. Additionally, it will also pack a free-standing touchscreen infotainment system with colour display. Comfort goodies like automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity for voice calling, reverse parking sensors and camera, cruise control and rear air conditioning vents will also be offered
To be launched as Punto successor, the new Fiat Argo will be based on the company's all-new platform and will have wheelbase of around 2.53 metres. Sharing design elements from Tipo, the hatchback should get aggressive styling and feature rich cabin.