a coupe SUV for Brazil

Fiat’s answer to the Volkswagen Nivus (also sold in Europe as the Taigo) has just been presented. Fiat has just lifted the veil on the Fastback, a coupe SUV that stems from an eponymous concept car unveiled in 2018. Technical cousin of the Fiat Pulse, also sold in Brazil, this model is based on the MLA platform which is an evolution of the MP1 architecture used on the Fiat Argo and Cronos, two models sold in South America.

The technical specifications have not yet been revealed, but its dimensions should be similar to those of the Pulse. The latter is 4.10 meters long, 1.77 meters wide and 1.57 meters high, with a wheelbase of 2.53 meters. The new Fiat Fastback appears to have longer overhangs than the Pulse, benefiting the cabin, although its sloping roofline should chip away at the trunk. It should not exceed the 370 liters of the Fiat Pulse.

Our colleagues from Motor1.com Brazil believe that the local launch is scheduled for October and that the Fastback will become the brand’s most expensive model in Brazil, just behind the small electric Fiat 500, also sold in South America.

Under the hood, Fiat hasn’t formalized anything yet either, but the Fastback should be marketed with a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine with 130 hp and a “bigger” 1.3-liter engine with 185 hp. Two transmission choices will be available to customers: six-speed automatic transmission or CVT.

Interior images have not been released, but the interior is expected to be a cut-and-paste from the Fiat Pulse. We will therefore find a 7-inch digital dashboard and a 10.1-inch touchscreen, while maintaining separate controls for air conditioning settings.

The question is whether this Fastback will cross the Atlantic to compete with the Volkswagen Taigo in Europe? The answer is no, Fiat being much more active in South America than on the Old Continent, and this coupé SUV, as nice as it is aesthetically speaking, will surely not reach European standards for this type of segment, especially in terms of security and technology.

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