2012 Fiat Palio almost revealed

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Fiat Palio (a.k.a Project 326) is being developed in full swing in Brazil. Now we have (what could be) the closest renderings so far of the new Palio.

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2011 Fiat Palio

The new Palio will supposedly have larger dimensions than the current model. So we can expect a much better interior space. On the design front, the new Palio will be heavily influenced by the current Punto.

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2011 Fiat Palio

The one place where the Palio looks better than the Punto is the tail lamps. They start thin and then take an angular route to complete the rear design. The waist line is also as high as in the Punto.

The new Palio will come in 1L, 1.4L EVO, and 1.6 16V E.torQ engine. The sports version will have the option of a sunroof.

On the interior front, the instrument panel will resemble the Punto’s with four analog markers. First from the left side is the speedometer, the fuel gauge and temperature gauge is mounted in the middle and finally to the right is the tachometer. The instrument panel will be black with chrome rims and red pointers. The steering column will be two-tone gray the top in black and gray underneath.

It is very difficult to say whether the new Palio will make it to Indian roads. The reason being, it will also compete with the cousin Punto’s sales which are anyways under major jeopardy from the competition. We don’t think Fiat can price this one very aggressively.

If there is a place where the Palio can be positioned, it certainly is under the Punto. The Punto can become the premium hatchback from Fiat’s portfolio which can compete with the likes of i20 & Jazz. On the other hand, the new Palio will assume the roles and responsibilities of driving in volume sales. However, this suggestion is still a very long shot!

What do you think? Should Fiat revive the Palio brand in India?

Source – autossegredos.com.br

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