Based on the small wide platform, the new Fiat Argo hatchback will come as a replacement to the Punto hatchback.
Fiat Brazil has officially revealed the pictures and details of the much-awaited Fiat Argo hatchback. The Argo is claimed to be a premium hatchback that features modern Italian design, spacious cabin with high-quality materials and several high-end tech and safety features. In the Brazilian market, the small car will be available in three trim levels – Drive, Precision and HGT – packed with three engines – 1.0L Firefly, 1.3L Firefly and 1.8L EtorQ EVo. Transmission options will include a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed automatic and an AMT.
The hatchback is based on Fiat’s new ‘wraparound’ design language. It features honeycomb grille and airdam, dual-barrel headlamps with LED DRLs, matte-black claadding along the bottom, contrasting roof, blacked out B-pillar, wraparound windshield and new tail-lamps inspired from the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. Inside the cabin, the hatchback gets UConnect infotainment system with a free-standing display, colour multifunction display, multi-functional steering wheel, rear-view camera, parking sensors, keyless entry, paddle shifters and cruise control.
The range-topping fully-loaded HGT trim gets dual-tone alloy wheels and offers a high ride height. Fiat uses the Small Wide platform to build the Argo, which will also form a base for the brand’s upcoming small sedan – Fiat X6S (codename). While the new Fiat sedan will replace the Linea and Siena in global markets, the Argo will snatch the Punto’s place.
Fiat is yet to make an official statement on the launch of the Argo in India. If the Fiat Argo makes it way to India, it is likely have its debut at the 2018 Auto Expo in February. In India, the new small car is likely to get a 1.3-litre MJD diesel and a 1.2-litre T-Jet motor. Fiat’s Betim-based production plant will be the production hub for the hatchback. This new small car has been designed and developed in Brazil for the Latin American market. Interestingly, the hatchback’s name “Argo” refers to Jason and the Argonauts from Greek mythology. Read More – Fiat Tipo All You Need To Know
It is quite early to comment whether Fiat will bring in this small car in India or not. If India is on radar, it might make its first appearance at the Auto Expo in February 2018. We will update you as soon as the company reveals anything on the same.
|Minimum||Rs 5 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 7.5 lakh|
The Indian market will receive the Argo as a replacement to the aging Punto hatchback that failed to live up to the company’s expectations despite several updates. The new Fiat car will go up against the new Maruti Swift, Hyundai Grand i110 and Tata Tiago. With an aim to achieve aggressive pricing, Fiat might produce the hatchback at its Ranjangaon facility. Considering these factors, the Fiat Argo prices in India are estimated to fall within the range of Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7.5 lakh.
|Transmission||5-speed MT & 5-speed AMT||5-speed Manual|
For the Brazilian market, the new Fiat hatchback will be offered with three engine options – a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder ‘Firefly’ motor, a 1.3-litre Firefly unit and a 1.8-litre, 4-cylinder EtorQ Evo. The smaller capacity 1.0-litre engine churns out 77bhp of power and 107Nm of torque, while the 1.3L Firefly motor is good for 109bhp and 139.25Nm of torque. The range-topping performance model will get the 1.8L EtorQ Evo engine that is capable of producing 139bhp of power and 189.27Nm of torque. For transmitting duties, the Argo will have three gearbox options – a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed automatic and an AMT (Automated Manual Transmission).
The India-spec version is likely to share its engines with the Punto hatchback. The 1.2-litre petrol unit churns out a maximum power of 67bhp and 96Nm of torque. On the other hand, the 1.3L MJD diesel motor is good enough for 90bhp and 209Nm. Fiat also has an option of a more powerful 1.4-litre T-Jet turbo petrol engine. The carline is likely to come with a 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT/automatic gearbox options. Read – Fiat Mobi – A Perfect Entry-level Car For India
The Punto’s replacement will be frugal in nature. If it shares its engine setup with Punto hatch, the petrol variant is likely to return fuel economy of 20kmpl. Its diesel counterpart will be slightly more economical returning a mileage around 25kmpl.
As mentioned above, the new Fiat small car is designed on the brand’s Small Wide platform, and shares most of its design elements from the Tipo and Mobi. The Argo styling is based on the company’s new ‘wraparound’ design philosophy. The face of the hatchback looks quite sporty with honeycomb grille and air dam, flanked by dual-bareel headlamps with LED ‘eyebrow’ daytime running lamps. The range-topping HGT model’s lower front grille gets Abarth-like red contrasting outline on the lower edge and thin plastic cladding around the wheel arches and side skirts and rear bumper.
The Argo gets contrasting roof that further add to its sporty character. There is a matte-black cladding along the bottom on the regular models. The hatchback carries strong shoulder lines running across the length and merging into the tail-lamps. On sides, the hatchback gets nicely designed window line with slight kink at the rear and blacked out B-pillar to add some sporty flavour.
The rear profile looks sporty with distinctive boomerang reflectors, aggressive bumper, roof-mounted spoiler and an offset exhaust pipe and large tailpipe. The sculpted tail-lights seem inspired from the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, while the boot lid gets large FIAT logo. The curves and creases at front and rear seem in line with Europe’s bigger Tipo model.
The cabin of the hatchback gets contemporary design. Despite being compact in size, the Argo is claimed to be spacious on the inside. It comes with 300-litres of luggage compartment in rectangular shape. Talking about features, the hatchback gets a floating 7-inch touchscreen multimedia infotainment system, automatic climate control, a three-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel with a thick grip, 3.5/7-inch driver-information-display in the instrument console, ambient lighting and others. Other features include keyless entry and go, GSR comfort shift with buttons, electric side view mirrors with tilt down, folding and puddle lamp and hill holder.
For passengers’ safety and security, the Brazilian-spec Argo gets front and side airbags, rear view camera, ISOFIX child seat anchors, parking sensors, electronic stability control (ESC), traction control and hill hold function, etc.