Fiat Project 363
Its “face” does seem to be inspired by the Maserati Levante

Fiat has revealed a couple of official images of its Project 363 compact SUV that will be put on sale in South American markets this year.

The car shares the Fiat Argo’s platform and has a typical crossover stance. Upfront, the Fiat Project 363 has headlights that remind one of the Maserati Levante.

Even the radiator grille has the same shape seen on the Levante’s grille, though on the Fiat car it is a bit smaller in size having horizontal slats instead of vertical ones.

A chrome trim piece that runs across the width of the front fascia sits on top of the grille and headlights, while the fog lamps sit just below the main lights.

Like a typical crossover, the Fiat Project 363 also has plastic body cladding throughout its lower section and the customary skid plates are also present at the front and rear.

Along the sides, the compact SUV sports roof rails, a decent window area with a rising beltline and chrome window garnish, prominent shoulder line and wheel arches which, to be filled better, would need bigger wheels than those currently on the car.

One could mistake the Fiat Project 363 for the Nissan Kicks if seen from the rear, for there are lots of similarities between the 2 compact SUVs here. Split tail lamps, small boot lid with integrated spoiler and a sizeable bumper complete the car’s styling.

At present, Fiat is yet to finalise the official name of the compact SUV. It wants people to decide between Domo, Pulse or Tuo monikers and even held an online poll for the same.

But, it looks like the Italian marque has decided to offer the compact SUV in dual tone exterior paint options in South America.

Engine options the vehicle will come with include a 128 HP 1.0-litre turbo petrol (paired with a CVT) and a 1.3-litre petrol unit in both naturally aspirated and turbocharged forms.

When it gets launched in South American markets, the Fiat Project 363 will rival the Jeep Renegade and Hyundai Creta. Fiat is unlikely to bring the car to India though.

Fiat Project 363 Rear
It could be called either the Domo, Pulse, or Tuo