A heavily disguised prototype of the Fiat X1H (codename) entry level small car for the Brazilian market has been spotted testing in the country ahead of its debut in the first half of 2016. Touted to take on the Renault Kwid hatchback which is expected to go on sale in the Latin American country in 2017, the X1H will take the baton from the aging Uno Vivace and Palio Fire hatchbacks.
Development of the hatchback is being handled by the Brazilian subsidiary of Fiat and the boffins have decided to borrow front half of the platform from Uno to keep the costs under check while the rear half is engineered from ground up. The hybrid platform thus achieved is expected to receive better crash test ratings.
While the Uno measures 3.81 m in length, the new Fiat small car is reported to be no longer than 3.65 m. Fiat designers have prioritized occupant space by compromising on the boot space since their internal research showed that 90% of the Brazilian city car owners don’t use the trunk much.
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The car is most likely to be powered by the 1.0-litre flex-fuel engine derived from the Palio Fire. The motor is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission to pump out 75 PS while running on ethanol and 73 PS while running on petrol. All variants would be equipped with standard start-stop system.
Fiat X1H – Spyshots
Via – Carplace.uol.com.br