It has been a little over a month since the FIAT brand officially announced that its new “Project 376” would be called Fastback once it makes its way into production. The newest FIAT crossover SUV for Latin America (LATAM) looks to build on the brand’s success in the marketplace. And now FIAT teasing the new Fastback once again, with an image showing its silhouette.
According to our friends at Autos Segredos (Auto Secrets), the production Fastback will be based on the MLA platform which underpins the all-new Fiat Pulse. The MLA platform is an improved version of the MP1 architecture on which the subcompact Argo hatchback is based.
Autos Segredos also reports that the production Fastback will feature the turbocharged 1.3-liter GSE-T4 inline-four-cylinder engine (also known as the Turbo 270 Flex). It is the same engine found on the Renegade and Compass and should deliver 185 horsepower and 270 Nm (200 ft.-lbs.) of torque. It will be mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
They also say that the Fastback will feature Pulse’s new Turbo 200 Flex, the most powerful turbocharged 1.0-liter engine in Brazil. The Turbo 200 Flex (turbocharged 1.0-liter GSE-T3 inline-three-cylinder) engine is capable of generating 130 horsepower of maximum power with ethanol (125 horsepower with gasoline), a best-in-class horsepower claim. The Turbo 200 Flex also provides ample torque of 200 Nm (148 ft.-lbs.), regardless of fuel, and is available between 1,750 rpm and 3,500 rpm.
It was also reported that the production Fastback would feature the same wheelbase as the Pulse, however, it would be longer than it.
Designed by Design Center South America, the model maintains its origins in its DNA and reinforces FIAT’s Italian-Brazilian character. FIAT continues to promise more teasers before the unveiling of the vehicle, which is scheduled for Q4 of this year.