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There’s An All-new Compact SUV From Fiat In Brazil That We Wish Was In India


We believe something similar to this compact SUV could revive the venerable brand in the Indian market

Fiat, which is now a part of the Stellantis merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Groupe PSA (Peugeot and Citroen), has just unleashed a new SUV in Brazil, codenamed the Progetto 363. And according to us, something similar to this could encourage Fiat to revive the brand in India. Before we come to that, here’s all about Fiat’s new SUV. 

The new SUV debuts Fiat’s new MLA platform, which the carmaker claims offers increased levels of performance, robustness, comfort, and safety features. As far as looks go, the new SUV gets that classic Fiat Italian flair. In fact the large front grille and the LED headlights look inspired by the Maserati Levante. It also has all the proportions required for a compact SUV, like sitting high off the ground, muscular lines and cladding all over, and a compact silhouette. The rear LED tail lights round off the exteriors.

Fiat has yet to give us a glimpse of the cabin, but the carmaker has hinted at some serious tech, courtesy of Fiat Connect Me connected car technology. Fiat weren't kidding with their claim of the MLA platform giving attention to safety, as it will come with autonomous driving assistance. 

Technical details are yet to surface, but Fiat has confirmed a new turbocharged engine under the hood.

While details are still pretty scarce, Fiat’s new SUV seems to have all the ingredients to be a strong compact SUV player. While Fiat no longer retails any vehicles here, it would be nice to have something closer to this in the country. Unfortunately, the brand’s revival for India seems unlikely anytime soon, as FCA’s current focus is on Jeep and Citroen.

 

Jeep is introducing a new 7-seater SUV for 2022 that could be called the ‘Commander,’ and is also planning a return of the Grand Cherokee moniker via a next-gen localised model. Citroen recently began its India operations with the C5 Aircross, and is planning to introduce a made-for-India sub-4 metre SUV later this year. 

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