The Italian brand intends to bring to the market a cross-version of the Argo hatchback.
Five-door hatchback Argo debuted in the spring of last year. The model is developed for the countries of South America, its production is established in Brazil. The fact that the hatch may have an off-road option, it became known in March 2018. According to the Brazilian edition of AutosSegredos, the draft version of the cross-version of Fiat Argo is approved, the in-house index of the novelty is X6HX. In the near future, the first test prototypes will be collected, and the public premiere of the crossover will be held in November this year at the motor show in São Paulo.
It is expected that the new version will differ from the standard model with increased ground clearance (the normal Argo ground clearance is 155 mm), the presence of an unpainted plastic kit and rails. In addition, Argo Cross is likely to reconfigure the suspension. In the salon, there will be no significant changes, except that the seats will have a new upholstery.
Motors of crossover will also get from the usual hatch: according to preliminary data, in Brazil Fiat Argo Cross will be offered with four “atmospherics” Firefly 1.3 (101 hp on petrol and 109 hp on ethanol) and E.torQ 1.8 ( 135/139 hp). Both engines are combined with a five-speed manual transmission, for the engine 1.3 there is still a “robot” with one clutch (instead of the traditional lever – buttons), and for the gasoline 1.8 – six-speed automatic transmission. Standard Argo on the Brazilian market is also presented with a three-cylinder engine Firefly 1.0 (72/77 hp, 5MKP), however, the base engine of the cross-version is unlikely to get. The drive of Argo Cross will only be front.
Information about the price of new items yet. Standard Argo in Brazil costs from 47 790 local reals. For the Brazilian market – this is a low price.
For the incomplete 2017th (sales of the hatch started in Brazil only in late May), Fiat sold 27,925 hatchbacks Argo. For comparison, the five-door Chevrolet Onix sold Brazil in 188 654 copies last year (Onix is the most popular model on the Brazilian market), the hatch Hyundai HB20 gained 105,539 hosts (second place in the overall rating), and sales of Renault Sandero was 67,344 units (the sixth line in the overall rating). All of the listed competitors have Argo “off-road” options.
Recall, this year the company Fiat introduced a new sedan Cronos, which, in fact, is a four-door version of Argo and is also designed for the South American market. Kronos is produced in Argentina. By the way, according to unofficial data, the hatchback will later appear in Europe, but under a different name. The sedan, most likely, will never get out of South America.