Thanks to our good friends at the Brazilian automotive site Autos Segredos, we are learning more details surrounding the launch of the all-new 2022 Fiat Pulse. Known internally as “Project 363”, it wasn’t until recently that FIAT unveiled the vehicle production name after fans voted for it on social media. The Pulse is the FIAT Brazil brand’s first compact crossover and is mechanically linked to the popular Argo small hatchback and the Cronos sedan.
Autos Segredos is reporting that FIAT has a scheduled presentation to formally launch the Pulse on Tuesday, October 19th. It won’t be long after, that the Pulse will start production and officially go on sale in Brazil in November.
Pricing for the compact crossover is expected to be between R$85,000 (or about $15,655 USD) and R$110,000 (or about $20,260 USD).
FIAT has also dropped more details about what is powering its new Pulse earlier this week. What FIAT is calling their Turbo 200 Flex engine, is a turbocharged 1.0-liter inline-three-cylinder engine producing 130 horsepower on ethanol (125 horsepower on gasoline) and 148 lb.-ft. (200 Nm) of torque @ 1,750 rpm on both ethanol or gasoline.
Those numbers are possible thanks to items such as the use of the turbocharger with electronic wastegate, direct fuel injection, and the exclusive MultiAir III system, which allows for more flexible and efficient control of the intake valves.
The Turbo 200 Flex motor will be mated to a 7-speed CVT automatic transmission with three selectable modes. In Automatic mode, the transmission adjusts according to the driver’s driving input and combines performance without compromising efficiency and comfort. Manual mode is aimed at those who like to be always in control and allows sequential changes through the gearshift lever or the throttles behind the steering wheel. Finally, Sport mode acts on steering, stability control, throttle mapping, and alters gearshift and response time, further leveraging the Turbo 200 Flex’s maximum power.
Autos Segredos states that the Turbo 200 Flex should be available on the 2 top-tier models called Audace and Impetus.
FIAT has also released the new engine’s performance numbers in the Pulse. The automaker says that the Pulse with the Turbo 200 Flex motor will be able to achieve 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 9.4 seconds. Those numbers should be the fastest in its segment.
Autos Segredos also indicated that the higher model trims (Audace and Impetus) will feature safety features including automatic emergency braking for both fixed and mobile obstacles, blind-spot monitoring, and lane departure warning.
While the Pulse is front-wheel-drive (FWD) only, FIAT will incorporate its Traction Control Plus (TC+) feature on its new SUV. The TC+ feature offers an electronic differential lock system (E-Locker) that works together with traction control. The system comes into action in light off-road situations automatically or by pressing the “TC+” button on the vehicle’s instrumental panel. The E-Locker operates at speeds up to 65 km/h (40 mph). The system is currently available on the Fiat Strada.
Stay tuned as we will begin digging deep into every detail surrounding the new Fiat Pulse, once it is unveiled on October 19th.
Source: Autos Segredos