Fiat is adding a crossover model to its Brazil portfolio. The SUV coupé is called Fastback and uses Pulse technology.
SUV models with a coupé design are also booming in South America. The Fiat brand, which is extremely strong in Brazil, is increasing its range with a new crossover model. It is called Fastback and was already announced 2018 at the São Paulo International Motor Show as the Fastback Concept .,
The Fiat Fastback, which marks the top model of Fiat passenger car models in Brazil, is formally reminiscent of the SUV coupés from Mercedes and BMW, only with smaller dimensions. This is primarily due to the massive rear, which is crowned by a suggested roof spoiler and also has a spoiler lip integrated into the trunk lid. The rear LED lights extend from the side panel into the tailgate and also border on the sides of the rear bumper. In the lower part of its rear part, the Fiat Fastback presents an implied diffuser. Under the large tailgate lurks a trunk that holds between 600 and 1,087 liters of luggage.
Significantly larger than the Pulse
In the side view, it is noticeable: With a length of 4.43 meters, the SUV coupé is almost 30 centimeters longer than the Brazil SUV Pulse , which provides the technical basis and has been since 2021 is offered. This also fits with the planned higher positioning of the fastback. Wheel arches lavishly covered with plastic nestle around the light-alloy wheels. The character line at the height of the bow door handles increases in strength from front to back. In the rear area of the lateral window band we can see a kind of Hofmeister kink. The ground clearance is 192 millimeters.
The relationship to the Pulse is clearer at the front. The LED headlights with daytime running light eyeliner grip a hexagonal radiator grille, which has an insert with a honeycomb grid and prominent Fiat lettering. The designers have modeled the spoiler lip more strongly; the side air inlets have smaller dimensions.
The cockpit landscape of the Fastback relies on a multi-configurable seven-inch digital instrument for the driver and an 8.4 or 10.1-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system. Smartphones can be integrated via Apple Carplay or Android Auto and charged with fresh energy using the induction charging cradle.
MLA platform as a basis
Like the Fiat Pulse, the new Fastback is also based on the Italians' MLA platform. The drive portfolio relies exclusively on turbocharged forced ventilation petrol engines. The one-litre version offers 125 hp and 200 Nm of torque when fueled with petrol. Anyone who feeds ethanol can look forward to 130 hp. If the 1.5-liter four-cylinder sits under the hood, 180 hp and 270 Nm are available. Here the performance in ethanol mode increases to 185 hp. The small engine relies on a CVT transmission, the large one on a six-speed automatic. It can also be shifted with paddles on the steering wheel. In both cases, three driving modes - normal, manual, sporty - can be preselected, which then influence the steering, response and suspension.
The Fiat Fastback is offered in the three equipment variants Audace, Impetus and Limited Edition Powered by Abarth. The prices start from the equivalent of around 24,700 euros.
Fiat will launch the SUV coupe called Fastback, which has long been announced for the Brazilian market, in 2022. The technology comes from the SUV Pulse. The sleek design and the associated increase in size should position the crossover model higher. It's not coming to Europe.