For many of us, it’s very hard to stomach down the fact that Fiat with such sparkling cars in the Linea and Punto are back markers in India, one of the world's largest growth markets. Despite having some gorgeous and all-round brilliant cars in its portfolio, Fiat simply failed to captivate the imagination of Indians. Why? Well, let’s leave this discussion for another day and concentrate on finer bits and Fiat’s newer models.
So, let’s kick off with the news of the brand new Siena that’s ready to set foot in Brazilian roads.
On the looks front, the new Siena (codenamed as 326-3V) is strikingly similar to the new-gen Palio. The side profile is exact same as the new Palio, and it’s only when your eyeballs reach the rear that the lines begin to differ. Sprawling headlamps are reminiscent of the Bravo and the Idea, while the rear-section remains more or less the same as the current generation, with added chrome beads at bottom.
The most impressing bit here is the interiors though. Even in the scoop pictures it feels and looks miles ahead of anything we have seen on any small Fiat, so far.
The Fiat Siena will be offered with the following engine options-1.4 EVO, 1.4 EVO Tetrafuel and 1.6 16V E.torQ. A 1.8 16V E.torq is also speculated to enter later. The first place of production will be in Betim (Brazil).
Whether it’ll come to India or not is anyone’s guess. Fiat is working on a strong semi-independent dealer network before bringing new models to India. Fiat India has taken note of the new Siena but was not forthcoming on its plans to sell it in India.
Nevertheless, do you think it can help Fiat change its fortunes here?
[Spyshots sourced from AutosSegredos.com.br]
By Shivank Bhatt