Fiat, the Italian carmaker, has revealed the name of the next compact SUV. The Fiat Pulse was given its moniker thanks to a public pole. This baptism was up against the Tuo and Domo choices. In Brazil, the new compact SUV will be released between September and October.
This is the brand’s first small SUV to hit the Brazilian market, with manufacturing set to commence in Betim (MG). The Fiat Pulse is built on MLA, a new modular platform that is essentially an improved version of Argo’s PM1. The platform is made of high-strength steel and is predicted to perform well in the Latin NCAP crash test.
According to Fiat, the Pulse name received 65 percent of the vote, while Domo and Tuo received 25 percent and 10% of the vote, respectively. The wheelbase of the Fiat Pulse will be 2,532mm, which is 11mm longer than that of the Argo. It will compete directly with the Honda WR-V and the VW Nivus, which have 2,555mm and 2,566mm wheelbases, respectively. The latest model is estimated to be approximately 4 metres in length.
In FCA’s lineup, the Fiat Pulse will be positioned below the Jeep Renegade. The Renegade competes with the bulk of models that are between 4.2 and 4.4 metres long. The new small SUV follows the brand’s current design motif, which we’ve seen on the Argo and Strada. The car has an upright front fascia with broad wraparound lights and a large Fiat emblem in the centre of the grille. The fog lamps are triangular in design and are housed in an aggressive bumper. It has a large chin and thick black cladding that spans the length of its body. It has a tough skid plate that gives it a commanding presence.
The SUV has a sculpted hood, a chrome strip above the grille, and LED headlights. A strong character line spans the length of the building, and partial cladding is available at the bottom. Wraparound taillights, a sculpted tailgate, a roof integrated spoiler with brake lights, a dual-tone bumper with silver skid plate, and a dual exhaust system are all features of the Fiat Pulse’s back end.
The tiny SUV will be equipped with four airbags, an entertainment system with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and compatibility with the Fiat Connect Me programme, according to Fiat. The Connect Me software will allow users to use their smartphones to start the automobile and lock the doors.
A new 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine will power the new Pulse small SUV, producing roughly 120bhp and 196Nm of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission will be mated with this powerplant. The 1.3-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, which generates 109bhp and 140Nm of torque, will be one of the alternative engine options. A CVT-style transmission will be combined with this engine. A new 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which also powers the Jeep Compass in South America, is slated to be added to the car.