It was the Beijing Auto Show, where the Fiat Viaggio was first showcased. Ever since then the markets have been found to be anxious about announcements regarding the production and launch of this Fiat sedan. The waiting time of car enthusiasts came to an end on Thursday, when Fiat and Guangzhou Auto (GAC) flaunted the first series production vehicles at their 730,000 square meters Changsha plant.
Guangzhou Auto (GAC) is the Chinese partner of the Italian automaker. The joint venture of the Chinese and Italian automakers is worth 787 million USD. China’s 6th largest vehicle manufacturer and Fiat’s partnership is being expected to do wonders for the Fiat Viaggio.
Viaggio will be rolled out in China first. The sedan is being speculated to be launched in two trims of 1.4L T-Jet turbocharged petrol engine – one generating a peak power of 120bhp, while the other one can churn out 150bhp of max power. As far as the transmission is concerned, the sedan is expected to come up with two transmission modes. The engine will either be mated with a 5-speed manual gearbox, or a dual dry clutch transmission (DDTC). The projection of annual unit-production of the car is equally jaw dropping as the features of the car. If rumors are to be believed, the automakers are planning to roll 140,000 units per year from their plant.
It’s the Fiat sedan which has actually been built from the 2013 platform of Dodge Dart. The sedan features slender designing variations in the front and rear ends. That’s not all. The companies have made minor touches in the interiors of the car as well. The Fiat Viaggio can be expected to hit the Chinese road soon. Speculations of the next country to see the sedan have already started flooding the internet. If rumors are to be believed, India will be the one where the manufacturers will launch the sedan, following their launch in China. Well! It’s all matter of time whether India will be or not on the list. Let’s just wait and watch, and stay updated.