While it’s been a couple of weeks since the images and details of the 2012 Fait Palio were released, having realized that we somehow missed the update, we thought it would be prudent to do a detailed story on the car. The all-new, 2012 version of the much loved Palio is ready. Fiat have released dozens of official images and specs of the car. In its newest avatar, the Fiat Palio is powered by three engines. The Fire 1.0 EVO engine, the Fire 1.4 EVO engine and the 1.6 liter E.torq flex powerplant. For India, the 1.3 liter Multijet diesel is an obvious choice, though the engine is not available in Brazil.
The most basic, 1.0 liter EVO powerplant produces a maximum power of 73 hp and maximum torque of 95 Nm at 3,850 rpm. The Fire 1.4 Evo dishes out 85 hp and a torque of 124 Nm at 3,500 rpm. The top of the line variant of the car is powered by a 1.6-liter 16v E.torQ Flex with 115 hp and maximum torque of 160 Nm. All three engines in Brazil have flexi-fuel capability, and can run on gasoline as well as ethanol.
The 1.4 and 1.6-liter engines are available with the Dualogic automatic transmission. The auto tranny allows manual shifts too with gear changes sequentially controlled by touching the shift lever. To change the driving mode, just move the lever to position D/M, to the left for over 0.7 seconds. This can be done while in motion, which can be very useful in overtaking maneuvers as manual mode provides sports car performance. In addition, the version that brings this transmission also offers Cruise Control with butterfly-type lever for gear-shifting on the steering wheel.
Enhancements made to comfort and safety features include lateral and frontal airbags, ABS brakes, leather steering wheel with radio controls, gear-shift butterfly-type switch on the wheel, twilight and rain sensors, cruise control, windshield heater, CD player with MP3 and iPod/USB inputs, fog lamps, rear hatch Logo push, switchblade key with remote control, among many other items.
A significant change that attracts much attention to the new Fiat Palio is its size. Its dimensions are noticeably larger than those of the previous Palio. The car has grown: 31 mm in width; 60 mm in height, 28 mm in length; and 47.3 mm in wheelbase. Despite being a compact car, these larger dimensions really contribute to raise passenger comfort and more intelligent use of internal space.
Some other features included on the new Palio are
• Thermal windshield
• Lateral airbags
• Leather steering wheel with radio controls
• Butterfly-type gearshift switch on steering wheel
• Cruise Control
• Logo Push (electric opening system of the trunk)
• Green tires
• Switchblade key with remote control
• Anti-theft wheel bolts
• Customization streaks and several other items
Fiat India have not said anything officially about the launch of the new Palio in India. In fact the company insists that any new products for the market will be introduced only by 2013. Of course, we don’t entirely believe that statement, and the plans for the coming year will most likely be unveiled at the 2012 Expo.
The new Palio looks like a great product, but even the current product lineup of the company isn’t bad at all. It’s not the products, but the customer experience that the company needs to work on to push its sales up in the subcontinent.
Do let us know your views on the car via your comments. Here we have some official images of the car.