After a series of spy shots and official teasers, Fiat has lastly taken the wraps off its all-new Cronos small sedan. Set to launch in South American markets like Brazil before the end of the year, the Cronos will compete with the likes of the Honda City, the Hyundai Verna and the yet-to-be-launched Polo-based VW Virtus.
Though based on the stylish Argo hatchback, the Cronos sedan has a host of minor styling modifications that set it apart from the hatchback. Up front the sedan shares only the headlight and the hood from the hatchback. The grille is completely different with smaller mesh design and thicker surrounds. Also, the front bumper is exceptional to the sedan with a wider air intake design and high-set fog lamp housings. At the back, the three-box sedan gets long wraparound tail lamps with led inserts. The trunk as a stylish design touch which looks like integrated rear spoiler. The rear bumper is large and arises with a black plastic insert.
Fiat says the Cronos sedan will have more boot space than one of its direct rivals, the recently revealed Volkswagen Virtus sedan. There is no news on whether Fiat will carry the Cronos sedan to India to additional the long-in-tooth Linea, which rivals the likes of the Volkswagen Vento, Maruti Ciaz, Hyundai Verna and Honda City. Depending on the model, the new Fiat Cronos sedan will get an automatic gearbox option that can either be operated by a traditional lever or via a push-button system – similar to the 595 Competizione. Additionally, a five-speed manual will also be on offer.
Under the hood, expect the new Fiat Cronos sedan to be powered with a choice of a 1.0-litre, a 1.3-litre and a range-topping 139hp, 1.8-litre flex-fuel engine, paired with the choice of a five-speed manual, a six-speed automatic or a five-speed automated manual gearbox. The new Fiat Cronos sedan is set to go on sale in its home market, Brazil, ahead of being offered internationally. There is however no news if Fiat plans to bring the all-new sedan to replace the present Linea in the Indian market.