The Fiat X1H will be the new entry-level model positioned below the Uno from the automaker and is exclusive to the South American market.
Brawny styled small cars seem to be new fad these days as after the Renault Kwid, Fiat will soon introduce a new entry-level small car styled with muscular elements. Christened as the Fiat X1H (codename), the A-segment hatchback is exclusive to the South American market and will go on sale in the first half of 2016. Now ahead of the official reveal, new renderings of the X1H have emerged online and claim to be close to the production ready model.
The Fiat X1H will be positioned below the Uno hatchback in the automaker’s lineup in markets like Brazil and the rendering shows brawny treatment to the design with the accentuated wheel arches, tall boy stance, large front grille and a small but masculine looking bonnet. The rendering shows the rear getting a glass tailgate with large ‘Fiat’ badging in the centre and D-shaped tail lights.
Being a cost-conscious model, the Fiat X1H is built on top of a hybrid platform and the architecture is reportedly reinforced in order to get good points in the crash tests. In terms of power, the model will be using the existing 1.0-litre Fire Evo engine borrowed from the Palio Fire and has been revised to churn out 73 BHP of power on petrol and 75 BHP on ethanol fuel. Power will be sent to the front wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox.
In addition, the Fiat X1H is also expected to be offered with a 1.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine that will come with a start-stop system for higher fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions. Reportedly, the automaker wanted to introduce the upcoming hatchback with the all-new 1.0-litre three-cylinder GSE engine with 6-valves, but the same won’t be ready until 2017. The X1H is expected to be priced at around 30,000 Brazilian Real (approx. Rs. 5.03 lakhs).
Source – AutosSegredos.com