Fiat releases images and details of the Cronos, an Argo-based sedan that replaces Linea. India launch prospects look pretty dim at the moment
Italian carmaker Fiat SpA has taken the wraps off the new Cronos sedan. The latest three-box from Fiat based on the Argo hatchback and will launch in South America by the end of this year. The Fiat Cronos is essentially a replacement for the ageing Linea sedan and will rival the likes of Honda City and Hyundai Verna.
Fiat Cronos India Launch Date, Price
Well, it’s not for sure if the Cronos would launch in India. However, if it does, it will definitely replace the Linea. While we don’t see this sedan coming to us anytime before 2019, upon its India launch, the Cronos will have to rival some really well-established competition in the form of Maruti Ciaz, Honda City, Hyundai Verna. There are good chances that the new sedan will cost Rs 7 Lakh to Rs 11 Lakh in India.
Fiat Cronos Specifications
The Fiat Cronos will launch in South American markets with a 1.3 L Firefly Petrol engine that outputs a maximum power of 101 HP at 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 13.7 kgm at 3,250 rpm when running on petrol. On ethanol, this engine produces a maximum power of 109 HP at 6,250 rpm and a peak torque of 14.2 kgm at 3,500 rpm. Also on offer is a 1.8 L petrol engine that outputs 135 HP at 5,750 rpm and 18.8 kgm at 3,750 rpm when running on petrol. On ethanol, the engine outputs a maximum power of 139 hp at 5,750 rpm and a peak torque of 19.3 kg.m at 3,750 rpm. Both the motors come mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The 1.8 L engine can also be paired with a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
The India-spec model, however, won’t get the above two engines. Instead, it is most likely to launch with the same 1.4-litre T-Jet petrol motor that powers the current car. The Diesel variant is likely to get a 1.5-litre MJD engine, which will be basically a derivative of the excellent 1.6-litre MJD that was available on the pre-facelift Maruti S-Cross. Transmission options should include a 6-speed manual for both the engines.
Fiat Cronos Exterior
The new Fiat Cronos is basically a sedan-derivative of the Argo hatchback. That said, the design and styling team Fiat SpA have ensured that both the car enjoy their own unique identity. The front-end gets a different grille that comes with a single chrome louver and a finer mesh. The bumper is also new and comes with wedge-shape foglamp housings along with a chrome accent on the upper edge of the airdam. The headlamps and the hood have been carried over from the hatchback sibling.
The new car gets dual-tone 10-spoke alloy wheels. At the rear, the taillamps seem to be inspired from the counterparts on the hatchback sibling. The lower-end of the bumper gets a black finish to give the rear a touch of sleekness.
Fiat Cronos Interior
The interior of the Cronos is yet to be revealed. However, it’s pretty much for sure to be as modern and attractive as the exterior. Of course, even the cabin will have many parts coming from the Argo but there will be definitely a more upmarket feel befitting of a premium sedan. Taking centre-stage on the dashboard will be a UConnect touchscreen infotainment system. Other features will include a rear-view camera, rear parking sensors, auto aircon and keyless entry. The interior of the Cronos sedan will offer enough space to seat 5 in reasonable comfort.
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