We guess Fiat has already started working on renovating its dealership strategies in India and will also be looking forward to launch new models in the market. A new cheaper small car, a face-lifted Fiat Linea and a new Fiat Grande Punto Evo are already down the pipeline but a more interesting new coming our way is the very first car from the Italian manufacturer in the SUV segment.
Pretty interesting right? Fiat Sedici is the compact SUV that is expected to be docked at the Indian ports. Built in collaboration with Suzuki, the car was first showcased at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show.
The first impression of the car tells you that it has a lot in common with the Maruti Suzuki SX4 and the very noticeable commonalities include a similar head light and the ride height. In all probability the Sedici and SX4 will have a bunch of other common attributes as well.
Cars like the Mahindra Xylo Mini and the soon to be launched Renault Duster 2012 will be the potential competitors of this new offering and a number of features of the existing Sedici will have to reconsidered by the major before it actually hits the Indian market. No information about the possible engine options is available yet.
Fiat Sedici Mini SUV Specifications
No. cylinders, arrangement - 4, in line, front, transverse
Bore x stroke (mm) 78 x 83 mm
Capacity (cc) 1586
Emission level Euro 4
Compression ratio 10,5:1
Max EC power: kW (bhp) 79 (107) at rpm 5600
Max EC torque: Nm (kgm) 145 (14.8) at rpm 4000
Timing (drive) 1OHC toothed belt
Fuel system Direct injection
Drive 4×4 with electronically-controlled self-locking differential
Clutch Dry single-plate, with cup engagement spring, hydraulic control
Type Rack and pinion steering
Turning circle (between pavements) 11
BRAKING SYSTEM-D (disc) – T (drum)
Type Hydraulic system, front disc brakes and rear drum brakes
Front: ∅ mm D (280)
Rear: ∅ mm T (220)
Brake servo: ∅ 10”
Front MacPherson, independent
Rear Curved torsion bar
Tyres 205/60 R 16
ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT (12v)
Battery capacity (Ah) 36
Fuel tank capacity (litres) 50
PERFORMANCE – FUEL CONSUMPTION
Top speed (km/h) 170
urban cycle (l/100 km) 8,9
extra-urban cycle (l/100 km) 6,1
combined (l/100 km) 7,1
Exhaust emissions CO2 (g / km) 173
Wheelbase (mm) 2500
Length (mm) 4115
Width (mm) 1755
Max unladen height (mm) 1620
Front track (mm) 1495
Rear track (mm) 1495
Vehicle kerb weight with tanks and reservoirs full 1250 Kg
Other than the 1.6 L oil burner a 1.9 L option is also available but we are sure Fiat will definitely bring down the performance levels of this car so as to fit in the affordable mini SUV segment.
Fiat Sedici Mini SUV Price In India
Considering the other cars to be launched in the segment and the prices of conventional seven seater SUVs, the Sedici is expected to be priced below Rs.10 Lakh.