Fiat Drops Official Info on New Dodge Dart-Based Viaggio Compact Sedan
Immediately after the first photos of Fiat’s Viaggio leaked on the net (pun not intended) on Thursday, the Italian carmaker made a decision it was time to officially release the teaser photos and provide preliminary specifics on the compact-sized sedan model.
The Viaggio will have its world preview at the 2012 Beijing Global Car Present on Monday, April 23, ahead of it goes on sale in China this fall. The car’s name is Italian for voyage or journey, while Fiat says its Chinese title ‘Fei Xiang’ indicates flying.
As is evident from the teaser photos, the Viaggio is based on the 2013 Dodge Dart, which in turn, utilizes Fiat’s new CUSW (Compact US Wide) platform derived from the Compact architecture originally designed for the Alfa Romeo Giulietta.
At four,679mm in length, 1,850mm in overall width and with a two,708mm wheelbase, the Viaggio is slightly larger than the Dart in all dimensions (4,672mm prolonged, 1,830mm broad, two,703mm wheelbase).
Even although Fiat says it really is a compact sedan like the Ford Focus, it is exterior dimensions spot it in in between the C- and D-segments (i.e Opel Insignia / Buick Regal).
We have not however noticed any photos of the interior, but on the outdoors, the Viaggio is differentiated from the Dart by its redesigned front fascia and rear finish.
In China, Fiat will supply the Viaggio with a option of two one.four-liter T-Jet turbocharged petrol engines making 120HP and 150HP matched to either a five-speed manual transmission or the newest Dual Dry Clutch Transmission (DDTC) produced by Fiat Powertrain.
The new Fiat sedan will be the initial car to be made from the automaker’s joint venture with Guangzhou Automobile Group in the GAC-Fiat World Class Manufacturing plant in Changsha, Hunan province. The plant has an first capability of 170,000 cars per year, but Fiat says it could almost double output to more than 300,000 units annually with a minimum of investment.
Fiat stated the very first vehicles will be constructed in July and will go on sale in China in the course of the 3rd quarter of the year.
While the Italian organization has not however made this official, a Fiat source informed Dow Jones Newswires that the Viaggio will also be exported to choose European nations.
Fiat is also rumored to be developing a five-door hatchback version of the Viaggio that will be launched subsequent year and could substitute the Bravo in Europe.