Fiat prepares for premiere a compact cross-hatchMarch 2, 2018
The Italian brand intends to expand the line of versions of its small five-door Argo.
The compact hatchback debuted in the spring of 2017, it is designed for South America. The first market for Fiat Argo was Brazil, there is also a production model. And already this year, the Brazilian five-door hatch may appear a cross-version, according to a local portal AutosSegredos with reference to its own sources. Probably, the “off-road” Argo will differ from the standard model with increased ground clearance, the presence of an unpainted plastic kit and rails.
As the portal notes, Fiat decided to create a new modification to spur sales of Argo: cross-hatches in Brazil are quite popular, there are almost every major competitor of the Italian brand. In 2017, 188,654 five-door hatch Chevrolet Onix was sold in this country, and 18,865 cars out of the total number are crossovers of Onix Activ. Of the 105,539 hatchbacks sold last year, Hyundai HB20, more than 10,000 cars were in the “upbeat” version with the index X. Renault Sandero had a 25% stake in the version of Stepway: in total, Brazil sold 67,344 hatch of the French brand last year, in Brazil Stepway version – 16 836 machines. Standard Argo on the Brazilian market in 2017, sold in a circulation of 27,925 copies. However, do not forget that sales of the model started in Brazil only at the end of May.
There is no information about Argo Cross engines yet. A conventional hatchback on the Brazilian market is offered with a three-cylinder engine with capacity 1.0 liter (72 hp on gasoline and 77 hp on ethanol), a four-cylinder engine 1.3 (101/109 hp) and a 1.8 (135/139 hp) of the family E.torQ. The basic engine works in pairs only with 5MKP, for the motor in addition to the manual 1.3 there is also an automatic transmission, for the top 1.8 – 5MKP or 6AKP.
The price of Fiat Argo starts at 47 790 reais.
Recall, this year the company Fiat introduced a new sedan Cronos, which, in fact, is a four-door version of Argo and is also designed for the South American market. According to unofficial data, the hatchback will later appear in Europe, but under a different name. The sedan, most likely, will never get out of South America.