Italy based car manufacturer Fiat has finally revealed the much awaited Cronos sedan. The company has been teasing about its new small sedan on their social platform since many days, and finally, it has taken the wraps off its next-gen Cronos sedan. Fiat has strong market presence in South American countries like Brazil and Argentina, and the company feels that its new Cronos sedan will carry on this positive growth to new heights in 2018.
The Cronos sedan is built on a new modular platform and is seen as an upgrade to its old Punto-based Linea sedan. The new sedan is based on the Company’s Argo hatchback and is expected to compete against the recently showcased Volkswagen Virtus, a Polo-based sedan. The small and mid-sized sedans are one of the South America’s biggest market segments, and Fiat wants a large chunk of it through its small-sized sedans like Cronos. In India, the Cronos might be launched in the form of next-gen Linea and is expected to lock horns with segment leaders like Honda City, Hyundai Verna, and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.
The new Cronos sedan draws most of its design and ergonomics from the stylish Argo hatchback apart from a host of minor styling differences, so that it can be differentiated from its hatchback counterpart. At the front, the sleek headlights and the edgy bonnet or hood looks like that of Argo, but the Cronos gets a completely different radiator grill with a small mesh design and thicker surrounds. At the rear end, the LED tail lambs look very sleek and elegant, and the trunk is slightly raised with a wavy design, and it looks like as if the rear is fitted with an integrated spoiler. According to Fiat, the Cronos sedan will have a bigger boot space than its rivals.
Coming to the engine specifications, the Cronos will come with two types of engine options- a 109hp, 1.3-litre petrol and a 139hp, 1.8-litre flex-fuel engine. The 1.3 petrol-engine will come mated with a five-speed manual transmission, and the 1.8-litre flex-fuel engine is expected to come with a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2018 Fiat Cronos sedan will be manufactured at the company’s Cordoba plant in Argentina. The company is expected to launch its Cronos sedan by the end of 2017, and it might hit the roads in the first part of 2018.