After months of spy shots and speculations, Fiat has taken the wraps off the Cronos sedan. It’s the three-box counterpart to Argo hatchback and replaces the Linea in the Italian automaker’s hierarchy. Made in Brazil for developing markets, the Cronos features Fiat’s latest design philosophy and powertrain options.
It shares much of its looks with the Argo and this is visible in the face but with a dab of extra chrome to separate the sedan from the hatchback. In profile, you can see you can see a strong shoulder line and a forward leaning stance for that extra hint of sportiness. However, it is the back that has got our attention the most it has been designed to mimic the very beautiful and far more expensive Alfa Romeo Giulia. You get a similar look boot spoiler and tail lamps, but with the higher stance to match the position of the car.
The Cronos and Argo share the same cabin and will get the same feature list which includes climate control, touchscreen infotainment, leather upholstery, multi-function steering wheel and instrument cluster with colour digital display. However, this appears to be a top-of-the-line version and the lower spec models will definitely come with basic features in that part of the market. The Brazilian market will get this car with a 109bhp 1.3-litre petrol and a 1.8-litre 139bhp petrol. You can have both with a five-speed manual and in the case of the latter, also a six-speed AT.
This car is a replacement for the Linea and is likely to come to India in 2019 and will rival up against the likes of the Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Nissan Sunny, Skoda Rapid, VW Vento and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.