The Fiat X1H small car (codename) which is touted to replace the aging Palio Fire and Uno Vivace in the Brazilian market has been rendered by Auto Esporte. The entry level Fiat hatchback will be sold exclusively in South America and will be rivaling the Renault Kwid when it launches there.
Expected to enter production at Fiat Brazil’s Betim plant towards the end of this year, the X1H is based on a hybrid platform which derives its front half form the Uno, and the rear half is all-new. The focus of the platform is to enhance crash safety rating.
Going by the rendering, the new Fiat budget hatchback retains Uno’s basic shape with identical front windshield and front doors. The sweptback headlamps and a new grille render a fresh appeal. The tall boy design with upright C-pillar should ease up decent interior space and the rear fascia is made of a full-glass hatch door.
Interior too is expected to derive several components from the Uno to keep the costs in check. One can except standard front airbags and ABS to be on offer.
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The Fiat X1H hatchback would be powered by the Uno’s 75 PS 1.0-litre flex-fuel engine which is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The car will go on sale in Brazil in the first quarter of 2016, thereby having a head start of nearly a year over the Renault Kwid.