Fiat has responded to the successful-running of the Renault Kwid by launching a new mini hatchback on its own called the Mobi for the Brazilian market. The Mobi has been made available in six trims namely Easy, Easy On, Like, Like On, Way and Way On. The aggressive starting price for the base Easy model is at R$31,900 (Rs. 6.08 lakh) and it goes up to Rs. 8.35 lakh for the range-topping Way On model.
The base trim on the cutesy hatchback comes packed with features such as 13-inch wheels, body-coloured bumpers and split rear seats accompanying safety technologies like Emergency Stop Signal and Lane Change warning system. The Easy On variant is offered with Air Conditioning, power steering, 14-inch wheels and provision for adjusting height of the steering wheel.
The Like grade gets body-coloured door handles and mirrors, glossy black front grille, power windows and locks, back glass wiper and defogger, trip computer, height adjustable front seat belts and remote key among others. The Like On trim is more feature-packed with the availability of fog lamps, height adjustable driver seat, Electrically adjustable ORVMs with turn indicators, driver foot support, multi-functional steering wheel with mounted controls, parking sensors, etc.
The Way trim gains bumper guards, flared fenders and roof rails alongside features from the Like trim. Likewise, the Way On is based on the Like On with additional accessories worth mentioning are bumper guards, flared fenders, roof rails and 14-inch alloy wheels. Plenty of adventure and styling features have been made available by Fiat for the funky Mobi to attract young audience.
As for the mechanicals, the 1.0-litre flex-fuel engine (petrol or ethanol) is standard across all variants and the four-pod unit is capable of developing a maximum power output of 77 hp and 93 Nm torque for petrol and if you opt for ethanol fuel, the figures change to 75 hp and 97 Nm of peak torque.
Power is delivered through a standard five-speed manual transmission which helps the mini to achieve 0-100 kmph in 14.3 seconds with a top speed of 153 kmph. The boot capacity varies from 215 to 235 litres and the cabin space is as similar to the Uno while being 60 kg lighter than that model.
Stuff like sound system in the centre console and circular AC vents have been carried over from the Uno to keep the production costs down whilst having a decent interior design. Aiming a sizeable share in the mass market, the Fiat Mobi will go up against main rivals such as the Renault Kwid and Volkswagen Up! in Brazil.