The Italian brand has restricted its European and American lineup to a handful of series, with the 500 as the centerpiece – but in South America there are also other models to discuss.
For example, the brand’s local unit has decided to appeared to tease the expected arrival of the Punto successor – the Argo hatchback is both modern and stylish and will become a prime contender on the subcompact market against models such as the Renault Sandero on the Brazilian market. The shots depicting the Argo in the sporty HGT trim make us wonder why Fiat is stubborn and will not bring such models at home in Europe as well. Compared to the Punto, the Argo is a major departure in the right direction, with tall greenhouse for a slight crossover influence.
The model competing with models such as the Ford Fiesta and Chevrolet Sonic hatchback in Brazil, can be had with 1.0- and 1.3-liter versions of Fiat’s FireFly engine family and will be linked to a manual or automated manual gearbox. A 1.8-liter powerplant from the company’s E.torQ range should also come with an optional automatic transmission – with the engines of course being dual-purpose, able to run on gasoline or ethanol. The Argo will replace both the Punto and in its base version the really old Fiat Palio compact hatchback.