Fiat Argo is based on an all-new lightweight platform and sports a radically new design; offered in three flex-fuel engines
Fiat has just launched the Argo hatchback in Brazil and it replaces the long standing Punto hatch and Palio in the Latin market. Codenamed as Fiat X6H and created much fanfare ahead of its market entry, this hatchback is radically different looking compared to the Fiat Punto. Interestingly, we can expect it to be launched in India in near future as a successor to the Punto.
Speaking about the design of upcoming Fiat Argo, this will feature close resemblance with the Fiat Tipo hatchback. It appears very aggressive looking compared to the Punto, thanks to the new front fascia incorporating a bold radiator grille, new design headlamps and a restyled front bumper. The compact hatchback is based on an all-new lightweight and more rigid platform.
Dimensionally, the Fiat Argo comes with additional wheelbase, ensuring more space for the occupants inside the cabin. Apart from that, the new model will get new design alloy wheels, sharper character lines and chrome finished door handles in some variants. The rear profile appears quite different looking with fresh looking taillights, new bumper and a roof spoiler. Overall, the Fiat Argo features a sportier and more stylish appearance compared to the Punto.
Inside the cabin, Fiat Argo will get a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, analog dials and digital MID consisting instrument cluster, a free-standing touchscreen infotainment system and circular HVAC vents. The seat and upholstery materials are said to be of improved quality than the outgoing Fiat Punto.
According to Fiat, the dynamic design is complemented by the largest cabin in the segment along with 300 litres of bootspace capacity which is larger than that Ford Fiesta hatchback in international markets.
The dashboard layout is identical to the Mercedes-Benz A-Class with triple circular AC vents mounted on a painted strip that runs along the sides and there is also a floating seven-inch touchscreen with Uconnect infotainment system.
The engine lineup comprises of three options: a 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit making 77 hp when used with ethanol fuel, another flex-fuel 1.3-litre four-pot engine with 109 horsepower running on ethanol and the top-of-the-line 1.8-litre E.torq motor which is good enough to produce 139 hp and comes equipped on the Precision and HGT models.
Fiat says the HGT version can achieve zero to 100 kmph in nine seconds and has a top speed of 192 kmph. The three transmission choices include the five-speed manual as standard, an automated five-speed GSR and a six-speed automatic. With the use of high-strength steel, the torsional rigidity has increased by 7 percent on the Argo.
More benefits contributed by the lighter chassis are 8 percent increase in flexural stiffness and best-in-class NVH level. There are as many as 53 accessories being offered by Mopar to make the Argo very unique. Some of the important bits are tow hitch, alarm, parking sensors, 16-spoke aluminum black wheels, tinted black frosted plotter ceiling, nine-inch multimedia center, etc.
We reckon the Argo could be a worth competitor for Fiat in the volume space considering that the Jeep Compass is weighed with plenty of sales aspirations in the premium SUV segment. With the popularity of the premium hatchback growing rapidly, we expect Fiat not to delay the Argo for India if/when it decides to launch it.
Moreover, the rumour of it being considered for India already fuels its entry further and it could be priced in the range between Rs. 6 lakh and Rs. 9.5 lakh. The launch timeline is predicted to be around late 2018 or early 2019.
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