Cross-hatch Fiat Argo surpasses Sandero Stepway, but will not reach the competitor from Hyundai

Cross-hatch Fiat Argo surpasses Sandero Stepway, but will not reach the competitor from Hyundai

February 2, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

Fiat is preparing to launch an “off-road” version of its compact hatchback on the market. A special hatch will be offered with only one engine.

The Fiat Argo hatchback debuted in 2017, the model is designed for South American countries, its release is adjusted in Brazil. Last year it became known that the “pyatidverki” will have a cross-version, its factory index – X6HX. It was expected that such a car will be presented in November 2018 at the motor show in São Paulo, but the “crossover” was not brought to the exhibition. Now the new term is named. According to the Brazilian edition of Autos Segredos, “off-road” Argo will enter the market in the second half of this year. The portal also published photos of the cross-hatch test prototype.

Bumpers at the caught car are stuck with a film. Obviously, the “crossover”, according to the laws of the genre, will get a protective plastic bodywork around the perimeter of the body. Another novelty reconfigure suspension. Inside, there will surely be another decor.

By the way, the black plastic body kit also has a “sportier” Argo HGT, but this version has a ground clearance of 156 mm, while, according to preliminary data, the cross-hatch is equal to 179 mm. According to this indicator, Argo surpassed the local Renault Sandero Stepway (160 mm versus 195 mm in the Russian version), although it is still inferior to other competitors X6HX: the Hyundai HB20X and the Ford Ka Trail have a ground clearance of 206 and 200 mm, respectively. In addition, in the Brazilian Fiat line there is another cross-hatch, which also has a larger clearance, the Uno Way (190 mm).

In Brazil, a new version of Fiat Argo will be offered with only one engine – the four-cylinder 1.3 Firefly, which, traditionally for this country, works on both gasoline and ethanol. In the first case, the engine produces 101 hp, in the second – 109 hp The same engine exists in the standard hatchback range, it is combined with a 5-speed manual transmission or a simple robotized gearbox with one clutch (instead of the traditional lever – buttons), but the last transmission should be replaced with a classic six-speed automatic transmission. Ordinary Argo is still available with a three-cylinder 1.0 Firefly (72 hp on gasoline and 77 hp on ethanol, 5 speed manual transmission) and a four-cylinder 1.8 E. TorQ (135/139 hp, 5 speed manual transmission or 6-speed automatic). The drive for the hatchback is only front, the cross-version 4WD will not be either.

Brazilian journalists are predicting a crossover start price of 62,000 reais. Standard Fiat Argo costs from 45,990 reais. In Brazil, hatchback is in quite good demand: by the end of 2018, in the overall rating of the most popular models of the market, it takes the 8th place – 63 011 cars are sold. For comparison, the family Renault Sandero (normal hatch and cross-version) is on the 11th line (52 401 copies).

Recall, Argo still has a four-door modification – the sedan is called Cronos, it is produced in Argentina. Outside of South America, neither the hatchback nor the hatchback is yet planned to be delivered.