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FIAT Brazil Adds New S-Design Package To Cronos Sub-Compact Sedan:

A Darker Tone For The Italian-Brazilian Sedan...

FIAT Brazil has pulled the covers off of its Fiat Cronos for the 2022 model year. While not much as changed, the Italian-Brazilian offering does come into the 2022 model year with a new trim level, the S-Design. The FIAT S-Design models add a dark tone to the vehicles in the lineup, much like the Ram Night Edition, Dodge Blacktop Edition, and Jeep® Altitude (S models elsewhere in the world). 

2022 Fiat Cronos Driver 1.3 MT with S-Design Package. (FIAT Brazil)

The Cronos S-Design adds a darkened style to the subcompact sedan with the inclusion of bronze in the elements. The change starts with the exterior, which at the front received a bronze detail in the F-I-A-T logo and in the lower grille; on the back, in addition to the logo on the trunk lid, the model name and the S-Design badge are also darkened and in bronze.

2022 Fiat Cronos Driver 1.3 MT with S-Design Package. (FIAT Brazil)

Internally, the version features a leather steering wheel with bronze stitching, a dashboard and center console with bronze accents, seats with different patterned embossing and bronze stitching, and a unique shifter boot with bronze stitching as well.

The S-Design series offers even more exclusivity, refinement, and personality with 15-inch aluminum wheels and side molding, fog lamps, electric mirrors, and rear spoiler.

2022 Fiat Cronos Driver 1.3 MT with S-Design Package. (FIAT Brazil)

Inside, the cabin the S-Design combines the sophisticated environment with comfort items, such as the automatic digital air conditioning and the Keyless Entry n’ Go system (additional convenience and convenience by allowing the use of the remote control to unlock the doors and turn on the ignition; presence sensors installed on the external front handles and on the trunk lid, added to the ignition button installed inside the cabin, do all the work at the touch of your fingers).

2022 Fiat Cronos Driver 1.3 MT with S-Design Package. (FIAT Brazil)

Cronos S-Design also features standard equipment, such as a rearview camera, electric mirrors, Hill Holder and electronic traction and stability controls. The S-Design package can be equipped on Drive 1.3 models and cost an additional R$ 4,500 ($884 USD).

2022 Fiat Cronos Driver 1.3 MT with S-Design Package. (FIAT Brazil)

Drive 1.3 version incorporates the extensive list of input configuration items and adds the modern 7-inch Uconnect™ media center (compatible with Apple Carplay and Android Auto systems, with audio streaming, USB and auxiliary inputs, and Bluetooth connection), commands Steering wheel audio, front and rear USB inputs, rear power windows, rear parking sensor and LED signature in headlamps.

2022 Fiat Cronos Driver 1.3 MT with S-Design Package. (FIAT Brazil)

Under the hood is a 1.3-liter FireFly inline-four-cylinder (from the FCA Global Small Engine family). The engine produces 100 horsepower (109 horsepower with ethanol) and 99 lb.-ft. (103 lb.-ft. with ethanol) of torque. The 1.3-liter is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission in the MT model.

The Cronos Driver 1.3 model has a Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of R$ 78,590 (or about $15,435 USD).

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Call me dense, but I just don’t get it. Fiat has literally no product offerings in North America and has given up practically speaking in our market. Fiat Brazil is on fire, has many very modern and successful offerings and not one has found its way north as a Fiat and in the way of compact trucks, as a spin-off Ram. I am aware of arguments about protectionist tax codes in Brazil, but protectionism seems not to theoretically discourage exportation of product and additionally, I believe, Fiat has a robust business happening in other nations in South America. So what gives? From a global Stellantis perspective and from a North American Ram or even Chrysler perspective, this situation baffles me. Mopar Willy is clueless. Heck, the non-importation of Brazilian manufactured vehicle lines, currently absent from our market, seems a mystery to feabile minded souls like me. Can someone please help old Willy out here?

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What don't understand Bill? Brazil is basically a closed market. Fiat is nearly the last man standing in that market. USA is not going to be a trade partner with a country that has massive importation taxes.

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Such a cool name for an unimpressive car.

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The only Latin American vehicle that might be successful here is the Toro/Ram1000. All the others such as the Chronos, are tiny A-segment machines. The way to get by the Chicken Tax they could build the Toro in Mexico. Another way is to put a standard bed cover on it and call it a coupe express and it then becomes a lifestyle vehicle. To be perfectly honest, I don't want to see anymore SUSW based vehicles here until Auburn Hills deep sixes that 2.4 Tigershark.

I too am frustrated by the lack of a decent non-Jeep Crossover. The styling coming from Brazil is hot, some of that could have been applied to something built somewhere else to sell here.

It might be too late for something new anyways. It's now BEV or bust with the regulators in America. Small entry level vehicles with IC engines will gum up the works for the corporate fuel average. If I ran Stellantis, I would be looking at the Serbian manufacturing plant to produce an entry level BEV, one which would also be suitable for North America.I have to correct this, there are many conflicting reports on the Serbian operations. It might stay under Fiat control.

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The only Latin American vehicle that might be successful here is the Toro/Ram1000. All the others such as the Chronos, are tiny A-segment machines. The way to get by the Chicken Tax they could build the Toro in Mexico. Another way is to put a standard bed cover on it and call it a coupe express and it then becomes a lifestyle vehicle. To be perfectly honest, I don't want to see anymore SUSW based vehicles here until Auburn Hills deep sixes that 2.4 Tigershark.

I too am frustrated by the lack of a decent non-Jeep Crossover. The styling coming from Brazil is hot, some of that could have been applied to something built somewhere else to sell here.

It might be too late for something new anyways. It's now BEV or bust with the regulators in America. Small entry level vehicles with IC engines will gum up the works for the corporate fuel average. If I ran Stellantis, I would be looking at the Serbian manufacturing plant to produce an entry level BEV, one which would also be suitable for North America.I have to correct this, there are many conflicting reports on the Serbian operations. It might stay under Fiat control.

I’d buy into the Serbian proposal.

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