Lovers of Latin style are in for a treat as Fiat announces the next addition to its small to mid-size car family in Australia. Due to make its debut at this years Sydney International Motor Show on the 11th of October the new Ritmo will join the Punto in Fiat Australiaâ€™s small but stylish line-up.
The Ritmo is known as the Bravo in most other markets but given the obvious conflict with Mazdaâ€™s use of the name Bravo a new and suitably latin name was chosen for Australia.
â€œThe Ritmo name is derived from the Italian for â€˜rhythmâ€™ .â€ explains David Stone GM for Fiat Cars in Australia. â€œIt is often seen in the phrase â€˜ritmo de vidaâ€™ which directly translates as â€˜the rhythm of lifeâ€™ and which is used to describe things such as music, dance, art and theater that bring pleasure, excitement and joy to life, a clear indication of the role that Fiat believes the Ritmo will play in the Australian car market with ritmo de vida also set to include driving!â€
The new Fiat Ritmo will be available with either a 1.9-litre Multi-jet Turbo Diesel producing 110kW or a 1.4-litre T-Jet Turbo-charged version of the current Punto petrol engine also producing 110kW.
The turbo-charged 1.4-litre T-Jet is a sign of things to come in engine development with Volkswagen being among a number of other manufacturers who like Fiat are turning to small, light-weight frugal engines that use forced induction to produce meaningful power.
For the safety conscious the Ritmo has a 5-Star Euro-NCAP safety rating. The Ritmo 5-door mid-size hatchback will sit above the smaller Punto in Fiatâ€™s line-up and donâ€™t expect it to be a cheap hatch alternative. Like Fiatâ€™s Punto the Ritmo is likely to wear a premium price tag for its class with pricing expected to start at around $30k. It costs money to look this good!
Actual pricing is yet to be announced but we will provide details and full specifications when available.