Fiat Cronos, the Argo-based sedan has been unveiled for South American markets.

Fiat Cronos Front
The Cronos gets a completely new grille and a redesigned bumper

Post the official teaser, Fiat has taken the wraps off the Argo-based sedan, the Cronos. The sedan is expected to go on sale in Brazil in early 2018. Like the Argo which replaced the Punto, the Cronos will replace the Linea and go against the likes of the Volkswagen Virtus and Honda City.

Since this is a hatchback-based sedan, the styling at the front is more or less similar to that of the hatch except for the redesigned front bumper and the single-slat chrome grille. The bonnet and the headlamps with LED DRLs are identical to the Argo. Side profile remains identical till the C-pillar but the added boot sets the Cronos apart from the Argo. The LED tail-lights and the dual-tone bumper add a hint of sophistication to the rear profile.

In terms of engine options, the Drive variant of the Fiat Cronos a gets 1.3-litre petrol motor producing 101 HP of power and 134 Nm of torque (on ethanol, the power and torque figures are 109 HP of power and 139 Nm of torque) while the Precision variant gets a 1.8-litre flex-fuel engine that develops 135 HP of power and 185 Nm of torque when driven on petrol (on ethanol, the power and torque figures are 139 HP of power and 189 Nm of torque).

Both the motors are paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard but the 1.8-litre engine can be had with a 6-speed automatic gearbox as well. Considering the dated Linea, Fiat might evaluate bringing the Cronos to India. However, the Italian automaker is yet to confirm this.

Fiat Cronos

– Cronos is the Argo-based sedan
– Replaces Fiat Linea
– Expected to go on sale in Brazil in early-2018

Fiat Argo Interior
The interior of the Cronos is expected to be similar to the Argo’s
Fiat Cronos Rear
The sedan comes shod with dual-tone 10-spoke alloy wheels