Based on the small wide platform, the new Fiat Cronos sedan will replace the Linea.
After a series of teasers, Fiat has finally revealed the long-awaited all-new Fiat Cronos mid-sized sedan. The Cronos will first go on sale in the Brazilian market by the end of this year, followed by other European and South American markets in 2018. It will rival the likes of the Honda City, Hyundai Verna and the Volkswagen Virtus (Polo Sedan). The Cronos is basically the sedan version of the Fiat Argo, which was introduced earlier this year.
Sharing platform with Argo, the Fiat Cronos is a premium mid-sized sedan featuring modern Italian design, spacious cabin with good quality materials and several high-end tech and safety equipment. Although it is based on the Argo platform, the Cronos receives several design changes which makes it look different from the hatchback sibling. Upfront is a distinctive radiator grille, new front bumper with wider air-intake and high-set fog lamps. However, the headlamp design and hood directly sourced from the Argo. Other design highlights include wraparound tail-lights with LED inserts, integrated rear spoiler, black plastic insert on rear bumper, etc.
The Argo is available with three engines – 1.0L Firefly, 1.3L Firefly and 1.8L EtorQ EVo. However, the mid-sized sedan will not come with 1.0L engine, instead it features the existing 1.3L Firefly and 1.8L EtorQ EVo engines. While the former is good for 109bhp and 139.25Nm, the 1.8L unit produces 139bhp and 189.27Nm of torque. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic. The Fiat Cronos mid-sized sedan could also make its way to the Indian market. The India-spec model could get the new 1.5-litre MJD diesel and a 1.4-litre T-Jet petrol engines. Both manual and automatic versions of the car will be on offer. Also Read – Fiat Argo hatchback – All Details
– LED headlights
– LED Taillights
– Touchscreen infotainment system
– Fabric seats
– ABS with EBD
– Automatic air-conditioning
– Diamond cut alloy wheels
– Multifunctional Steering wheel
– Rear parking camera
– Keyless entry
– Paddle shifters
– Cruise control
The Cronos will first go on sale in the Brazilian market before the end of this year. It is quite early to comment whether Fiat will launch this sedan in India or not. If it comes to India, it might go on sale in the late 2018. We will update you on this as soon as Fiat reveals anything on the same. Also See – Fiat Primo could be the name for next gen Punto hatchback
|Minimum||Rs 7 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 10 lakh|
This mid-sized sedan will come as a replacement for the ageing Linea sedan that failed to live up to the company’s expectations despite several updates. In India, this car will take on the likes of Hyundai Verna, Honda City and Maruti Ciaz. We expect this sedan to be priced between Rs 7 lakh and Rs 10 lakh. Read – Fiat Mobi – A Perfect Entry-level Car For India
Despite sharing platform and components with Argo hatchback, the Fiat Cronos 2018 looks considerably different. The sedan comes with a more elegant front and side profile, while the rear gets sporty elements. Upfront is a new grille with chrome fillet that runs through the centre of the grille. There is a thick black strip that separates the chrome line from the headlights. The bumper design is all new, featuring new air intake that extends to the edges, while the fog lamps has been positioned between the headlights and the lower bumper. It is based on Fiat’s new ‘wraparound’ design language. Headlamp design and hood has been sourced from the Argo hatchback. Design highlights include dual-barrel headlamps with LED daytime running lights, contrasting roof, blacked out C-pillar, wraparound windshield and new taillights inspired from the Alfa Romeo Giulietta.
At the back, the sedan gets long wraparound tail-lamps with LED inserts. The stylishly designed trunk comes with an integrated rear spoiler, while the rear bumper gets a black plastic insert. The sedan is claimed to offer bigger boot space than its rivals including Volkswagen Virtus (521-litres).
The cabin of the Cronos has been directly sourced from the Argo. It features multimedia centre with 7-inch floating screen as standard. LCD screen for instrument console comes as standard, but it can be replaced with TFT screen which is being offered as optional. Talking about features, the Fiat Cronos gets rear-view camera, parking sensors, multi-functional steering wheel, keyless entry, paddle shifters and cruise control. The company has used the Small Wide Platform to build the Argo, which also underpins the mid-sized sedan.
For the Brazilian market, the new Fiat sedan will be offered with two engine options – a 1.3-litre Firefly and a 1.8-litre, 4-cylinder EtorQ Evo. While the former is capable of producing a maximum power output of 109bhp and a peak torque of 139.25Nm, the 1.8L unit is good for 139bhp of power and 189.27Nm of torque. For transmission duties, the Cronos will have three gearbox options – a 5-speed MT, a 6-speed AT and an AMT unit. In India, the sedan could get a 1.5-litre MJD diesel engine, which will be a stripped down version of the 1.6-litre MJD unit. On the other side, the gasoline version will get a 1.4-litre T-Jet unit. Read More – Fiat Tipo All You Need To Know
The Linea’s replacement will be frugal in nature. We believe that the new model will return close to 20kmpl in petrol and 25kmpl in diesel.
Developed on the Argo’s platform, the Cronos will be launched as a mid-sized sedan that will replace the Linea. It will take on the likes of Hyundai Verna, Honda City and the upcoming Volkswagen Virtus (Polo sedan)