Fiat has revealed its new small sedan, known for now as the Aegea, ahead of a launch planned for emerging markets around the world.
Destined for sale in some 40 countries, including areas of eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East, the Aegea will be known by another name - potentially more than one, depending on the market - when it launches in November.
Fiat says it designed the Aegea as a sedan from day one - rather than spinning it off a hatchback design - although hatch and wagon versions of the new small car have also been confirmed.
In sedan form, the new model measures 4.5 metres long, 1.78m wide and 1.48m tall. Fiat promises comfort four five occupants and 510 litres of rear storage.
Although the sedan is not initially expected to be offered in western markets, Fiat executive Atonella Bruno told the UK’s Autocar this week that a wider launch is under consideration.
It is also believed that the coming hatch version could debut as a replacement for the Bravo (known here as the Ritmo), although Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne has previously said that the company will avoid launching “another ‘me too’” product in the small hatch segment.
This could suggest that the Bravo’s replacement will wear a more unique look, removed from the conventional styling of its sedan counterpart.
Depending on the market, the Aegea sedan’s features will include a five-inch display with Fiat Chrysler’s UConnect infotainment system, along with aux/iPod connectivity, Bluetooth calling and audio streaming, voice recognition and a rear parking camera.
Powertrains will include a quartet of MultiJet II diesel and petrol engines, with outputs ranging between 70kW and 89kW.
An Australian debut for the new sedan is unlikely, although we could see the expected hatch version in our market sometime in the next few years.
The Bravo had a brief turn in Australia, where it was sold in 2008 as the Ritmo, but a sales run of fewer than 500 units saw its local run cancelled the following year.
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The new front-wheel-drive small BMW sedan has been spied testing in recent weeks, although the German carmaker has yet to offer any official word on the model's timing.
The 1 Series sedan was expected to appear in 2014 or 2015, but BMW Australia product boss Shaun Ticehust told TMR earlier this year that it won't launch until the current rear-wheel-drive 1 Series hatch is replaced.
"This current car was only launched in 2011 so it’s still got good life left in it, it’s still a fresh car," Ticehurst said.
"But as we replace models within that segment, starting with X1, you will start to begin seeing front-wheel drive on more cars."
Watch for more on the 1 Series sedan to come in the months ahead.