For anyone who pines for a Fiat saloon, Fiat has something new.
Fiat will unveil their new Ægea saloon at the Istanbul motor show. The car is described as being designed from the outset as a saloon though the one photo they show at their website does not reveal the appearance of the rear three quarter which is unduly reticent, I would say. The name is a nod the Turkish input to the project and the fact it will be manufactured there. The car is supposed to be a stylistic balance between space efficiency and acceptable looks.
“No compromises” say Fiat about their car which is expected to carry on Fiat’s fight in a competitive segment in Turkey, which like a lot of regions outside Europe values the three-box format rather more than we do here in N Europe. Fiat have this to say “Seen from the side, a distinctive line runs from the
headlights to the rear light clusters and the glazing creates a dynamic appearance conferring an idea of airiness and ample access spaces for driver and passengers. Exclusive Italian style is finely expressed in the rear where the harmoniously proportioned third box hosts bright light cluster surrounds. The front end is characterised by a captivatingly shapely bonnet with central ribbing stretching up to the roof to create a continuous line. Similarly, the grille is a single element with the light clusters. Intercalated chrome-effect accents which form an original, unmistakable graphic pattern on which the Fiat logo is proudly sported.”
Among the statistics are the fact that the car has a 510 litre boot. It´s not a small car, being 4.5 metres long, about the same as a late 90s-early 00s BMW 3 series. The engine range features two Multijet II turbodiesel engines and two petrol ones, with manual or automatic transmission – with power ratings of between 95 and 120 HP. Fiat add “It is also worth noting that the diesel engines are particularly fuel-efficient: less than 4 litres of diesel fuel for 100 km, comparable to that of a city car like Fiat Panda.”
The EMEA area includes Europe but Fiat did not discuss launch dates for any particular markets there. I could imagine this being included in the southern Europe markets such as Spain and Italy where smaller saloons are still popular. The UK is less keen on this sector which means that if Fiat decided to give Britain a miss, the ROI will also be left out. They also do not mention if the car will be made in estate format.
Fiat’s last attempt at a European small saloon was the 1996 Marea. Fiat also have a Chinese-made saloon, the Viaggio (based on the Dodge Dart), which is sold in Brazil and which is 4.6 metres long.