Around a year ago, Fiat had put the plan of unveiling a new SUV globally on hold. This was done as the company was already occupied with other projects like the Argo hatchback and X6S sedan. However, the company has now restarted work on this SUV, which will be replacing the internationally sold Freemont MPV.
According to reliable sources, this new Freemont-replacing SUV from Fiat will be based on the Jeep Compass. The new SUV will be getting similar styling and features as the Fiat Toro pickup, which shares its platform and a lot of physical styling with the Jeep Compass which includes several styling cues on the side body panel.
Since the new Fiat SUV will be similar to the Toro pickup vehicle, it is expected to get the same powerplant as well. If so, it will be powered by a 1.8-litre petrol/ethanol engine which will produce 138 bhp of highest power. Along with this, there might also be a bigger 2.0-litre turbocharged MultiJet diesel engine producing 170 bhp of highest power. The 1.8-litre motor may be mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission gearbox along with front wheel drive mechanism. The bigger 2.0-litre engine may be mated to a 7-speed manual and a 9-speed automatic transmission unit and may get both front wheel as well as all wheel drivetrains.
In terms of the interior features, the new Fiat SUV may come with features like parking cameras, reverse parking assist, panoramic sunroof and up to seven airbags. The infotainment system may get a 5-inch Uconnect system along with a 7-inch MID display system.
We are expecting the new SUV to be first introduced in the South American market and then get on with the launch in other countries.