Fiat has internationally revealed their new premium hatchback known as Argo. The Argo will become the successor of ageing model, Punto which now seems dated in comparison to its competitors. Visually, the Argo is a surely a plus size premium hatchback which comes with futuristic styling elements.
The car has strong creases all around with a very sporty front styling which includes wrap around design for its headlamps with an elongated front grille. The black colored thick grille along with the airdam with a red strip below it makes it look extremely sporty. The round shaped fog lamps are placed next to the faux air inlets in its bumper which has black cladding below it. The side profile features dual tone alloy wheels and big doors giving it an appealing road presence with dual tone color scheme.
Move to the back and slim tail lights, rear bumper with reflectors and black cladding makes it look very attractive and gives it an overall good road presence. The Argo has been designed tastefully from inside as well which gets a split dashboard along with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system which also acts as screen for rear parking camera and sensors. The centre console has round shaped A.C vents and many round shaped buttons and switches which are brand new for this car. The steering wheel features mounted controls and a new instrument display with a colored TFT. The Argo is undoubtedly more spacious than its predecessor and has a lot more leg and knee room on offer for its rear passengers.
To make it more competitive, Fiat has loaded the car with many comfort and safety features including auto climate control, push button start, front and side airbags, ABS with EBD, Hill Hold Control, Traction control, Stability control etc. For those with the performance quotient in mind, the car will be offered with a range of petrol engines which includes a 1.0L 3-cylinder, 1.3L, 4-cylinder and a powerful, 1.8L, 139bhp engine. These engines will be available with a choice of five speed manual, 6-speed automatic and 5-speed automatic gearboxes.
The Argo will be soon launched in international markets like Brazil but looking at the current situation of Fiat in our market, it is very hard to say if this car will make to our market. However, if Fiat continues its operation in our market and considers bringing this car in our market with their already available engines then it may prove to be a good option for many keeping the fact in mind that people are now buying premium hatchbacks more than ever in our market. The Argo is undoubtedly seems a very good package inclusive of all what it needs to lead a segment but Fiat is a bit late to bring Argo from our markets perspective but it may still do a job in other markets.
Words- Sunil Kumar