Fiat have revealed the first ever teaser images of their all-new C-segment sedan, Viaggio. The new car is a totally new model to be previewed at the Beijing International Auto Show on Monday 23 April this year.
Viaggio, which means voyage in English is the first lovechild of Fiat-Chrysler relationship, and will make its debut in the Chinese market first. A four-door, five- passenger sedan, the Viaggio is based on the CUSW (Compact US Wide) architecture, which also forms the skeleton for the new Dodge Dart.
The Viaggio has a length of 4,679mm, width of 1,850mm and a 2,708mm wheelbase. To give you a perspective, it’s much bigger than the Honda City, which has a length of 4440mm, width of 1695mm and wheelbase of 2550mm. To be powered by the 1.4 L Tjet in both 120 and 150 hp outputs, the Viaggio may be offered with more engines in other markets. The big news is the introduction of Fiat’s latest Dual Dry Clutch (a la Fiesta Powershift) Transmission (DDCT) on the car which will make it technologically one of the most advanced cars in its segment.
The Viaggio has been styled by the Fiat Group Style Centre in Torino and has a trademark Italian, clean-surfaced exterior design that blends fluid and curvaceous forms with strong proportions. A contemporary Fiat “face” ensures unmistakable brand identity. Rear tail lamps incorporate LED lights.
The first cars will be produced from July and will go on sale in the third quarter of this year. The size of the car makes it fit for India launch. It would also give Fiat a much needed brand boost, something that the company desperately needs at this point in time. It will also add a new product to the company’s lineup, which is one of the smallest in India with only two models on offers.
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