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Fiat Reveals The Interior Of South America’s All-New Cronos Sedan 2
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in Fiat, Fiat Cronos, Reports, South America on 01 2nd, 2018


Four weeks after it took the covers of the Cronos sedan in South America, Fiat has released its first images of the interior of the Linea replacement that will rival the likes of the Volkswagen Virtus sedan.

Defining aspects of the cabin include a small touchscreen infotainment system, a three-spoke steering wheel and a small digital gauge in the center of the cluster. Elsewhere, there are the usual array of vents, buttons, and plastics expected of a car like this.

Customers will have the option of 1.3-liter and 1.8-liter engines, with power expected to range from between 101 hp to 139 hp for the range-topping 1.8-liter mill. The two engines will be offered with a five-speed manual gearbox, with a six-speed automatic being an option on the 1.8.

Fiat Cronos sales will commence early this year in Brazil, and other South American countries will follow.

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Would The New Fiat Cronos Make It In North America As A Dodge? 30
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Cronos, Renderings on 11 30th, 2017


FCA rolled out a new small sedan in South America a few days ago called the Fiat Cronos. And we apparently weren’t the only ones who wondered whether it would make a suitable entry into the North American market.

Budding automotive designer Kleber Silva put out these renderings of what the Cronos might look like as a Dodge, with a crosshair grille and sporty R/T trim, no less.

So what do we think, is it worth the effort? The short of it is: probably not.

The Cronos, you see, is about the size of a Fiesta, which Ford is keeping in its latest iteration from the US market. There’s just not enough demand for a sedan or hatchback that small in America, it seems. The Mazda2 isn’t available in the US anymore either, nor is the Volkswagen Polo. So it’d be up against the likes of the Chevy Sonic, Kia Rio, Hyundai Accent, Mitsubishi Mirage, Nissan Versa, and Toyota Yaris.

Hardly an empty segment, then. But for its part, FCA has realized the lack of profitability in the small-sedan market, and accordingly discontinued production of the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200. So the chances of it bringing an even smaller one to US showrooms seems slim to none, to say the least.

That wouldn’t stop it from rebranding it as a Dodge for, say, the Mexican market, for example, where the Turkish-made Fiat Tipo is sold as a Dodge Neon. (Yep, Dodge Neon.) But don’t expect to see it cross out of Latin America and into the United States. (While our imaginations are engaged, though, Silva performed similar transformations into Lancia, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati forms as well, and we’ve included them all in the gallery below.)

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Fiat Reveals All-New Cronos Sedan In South America 28
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Argentina, Brazil, Fiat, Fiat Cronos, Fiat Linea, South America on 11 28th, 2017


Fiat is an Italian brand first and foremost, but it’s a major player (and manufacturer) in the Latin American market, where it’s just revealed the new Cronos sedan.

Built on a new modular platform, the Cronos replaces the old Punto-based Linea sedan with a completely fresh form.

Though clearly coming from the same automaker that builds the Tipo in Turkey, the Cronos is sized smaller to enter one of South America’s biggest market segments. The manufacturer estimates that niche accounts for some 300,000 vehicles in Brazil and another 100,000 in neighboring Argentina, a bigger slice of which Fiat is clearly eager to take.

Power comes from a choice of 1.3 or 1.8-liter engines (of otherwise unspecified specifications), and emphasis is said to have been placed on the vehicle’s handling. Brazilian and Argentinian customers can expect to start seeing them on the road in the first quarter of the new year ahead, by which time we’ll presumably have a clearer picture of the model’s specs.

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Fiat Linea Sedan Has A Successor In South America, And It’s Called The Cronos 15
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Fiat, Fiat Cronos, Fiat Videos, new cars, South America, video on 11 15th, 2017


Fiat has released a teaser video with the new Cronos, a compact sedan that serves as a replacement for the Linea.

To be offered exclusively in certain South American markets, the Cronos is basically a four-door version of the recently-unveiled Argo, so we know what to expect in terms of design, cabin, and engine lineup, bar the boot that will obviously increase in volume.

The FCA-owned brand didn’t have much to say about their upcoming product, except that it will hit production in the coming months, and sales will kick off in the first quarter of next year.

Named after the youngest of the Titans in Greek mythology, the new Fiat Cronos is expected to be offered with the entire engine family of its hatch sibling, which ranges from 77 to 139 horsepower. When powered by the latter choice, the five-door Argo needs 9sec to accelerate from 0 to 62mph (100km/h), and maxes out at 119mph (192km/h).

Depending on the specified flavor, the units can be married to three transmission options, five-speed manual and automatic, and six-speed automatic.

Fiat is expected to pull the covers off the new Cronos in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for an official image gallery and further details.

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