While Fiat USA is charging higher prices for its retro-styled cars, Brazil is getting a new modern hatchback called Argo. It’s small, but it will play a big role for the struggling Italian brand on the world stage.
Coming to the design although the car was developed in Brazil, it shares its style inspiration from the Fiat Tipo sedan that is already on sale in the European markets. Forward, the 2018 Fiat Argo features the latest Fiat grille which can also be seen on the Tipo hatch and sedan. The front grille is flanked by two LED double barrel headlights. There are also LED daytime running lights located just above the lighthouse unit. The carved hood, raked windshield helps give the car a bold appearance. Towards the side profile, there are many lines of character that go from the front silhouette of the car to the rear lights. There is another line of characters running just above the area of the side skirt. Newly designed alloy wheels that resemble modern versions of the Scorpion wheels, which feature in the Abarth variants of Fiat cars, are also interesting.
The interior 2018 Fiat Argo looks just as hypnotizing and modern. The hatchback gets two different shades on the dashboard that separates the top and bottom of the dashboard. The various variants of the tailgate also have different paints and bands depending on the variant. What is common in all variants is that it has a touch screen infotainment system mounted in the middle of the dashboard. While just below the dashboard, it gets three separate round air fans for the temperature control system. The three-spoke steering wheel is also completely new and gets an overall sporty appeal. The new instrument cluster, which takes a large multi-information display at the center of the two lugs, is also attractive. The car also has a traditional gear lever for transmission, as well as a separate push-button for the automatic transmission.
Family cars will be equipped with Firefly engines. Specifically, there is a 1.0-liter with 77 hp and a 5-speed manual or a 1.3-liter four-cylinder producing 109 hp for automatic transmission to the front wheels. In both cases, Fiat offers standard compatibility with ethanol.