South America: Fiat Cronos (next-gen Linea) interior revealed


In November 2017, Fiat released images of the new Cronos sedan. Now, the company has released a couple of images of the interior of the car. 

The Cronos is essentially the sedan derivative of the Argo hatchback. The images suggest that both cars share the same interior. The sedan gets a black dashboard that features rectangular air-conditioning vents with chrome bezels at its ends. The centre fascia houses three circular vents and a tablet-like touchscreen infotainment system. The lower part of the centre console is occupied by the automatic climate control module. The USB and Aux-in ports are located at the base of the centre fascia. 

The instrument cluster comprises of a twin-dial setup with a large MID in the centre. The door handles are finished in silver and the three-spoke multi-functional steering wheel get silver inserts too. The gear lever has a leather boot with a thin silver border around it.

The Fiat Cronos is expected to be powered by the same engines as the Argo. In the Brazilian market, the car is likely to come with a 1.3-litre petrol engine that develops 100 BHP. The same engine will be available in an ethanol version producing 108 BHP. A 1.8-litre flex-fuel engine is expected to be offered as well. This engine produces 133 BHP while running on petrol and 137 BHP while running on ethanol. Both engines are expected to be paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. A 6-speed automatic gearbox is expected to available as an option in the 1.8-litre version.

The Fiat Cronos is expected to replace the Linea in global markets. It is likely to go on sale in South American markets in the first quarter of this year. However, Fiat hasn't revealed any plans to introduce it in India.

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