They chose the name through an online vote in Brazil, which was attended by nearly 400,000 people. Who knows what outcome a survey would give, in Italy, on the advisability of bringing it to us. The Fiat Pulse, compact SUV, in band B, dedicated to the South American market, with pleasant and captivating lines, whose images had already been released on June 3 and whose characteristics were instead communicated on October 21 by Fiat Brazil, belongs to those world car whose ambitions could easily go beyond the confines of the place of birth. After all, FCA itself has already demonstrated this at the time with the Tipo and, much more recently, Volkswagen with the Taigo, the Europeanized version of a Brazilian model, the B-Suv Nivus. For the moment, however, Stellantis has not communicated the intention to extend the range of action of the Pulse to our latitudes.
The new model, developed on the updated Mla platform, features a brand new design which, however, follows the brand’s recent stylistic features, with the capital letter logo dominating the front. The raw plastic elements of the bumpers and bodywork are an integral part of the typical look of the compact high wheel models, while the proportions are designed to make the Pulse appear more imposing than its real dimensions indicate. The LED headlights are part of the standard equipment, while the two-tone painting is optional.
The passenger compartment offers a linear style and refined materials, with details such as the visible stitching of the seats. Connectivity is one of the fundamental assets of the model as well as an element with which Pulse wants to distinguish itself from the competition. The infotainment uses the Fiat Connect Me platform with eSim 4G and is managed by an 8.4″ display, which on the richer models goes up to 10.1″. In addition to having Apple Carplay and Android Auto with wireless connection, the system also integrates the virtual assistants Google Assistant and Alexa, but it is also possible to manage the vehicle remotely with a dedicated app. The instrumentation is mixed, with analog gauges and a 7″ digital screen. There are also standard accessories such as front and rear USB sockets, the wireless charging platform and 18 storage compartments. Finally, the boot offers 370 liters of capacity. front of 4.1 meters in total length of the car.
Two petrol engines are planned for the debut, which can also be fueled with fuels that contain ethanol, available in Brazil. These are the already known 1.3 Flex aspirated and the new 1.0 Turbo 200 Flex. The 1.3 Firefly declares 107 hp and 134 Nm, while the 1.0 Turbo with Multiair III technology delivers 130 hp and 200 Nm of torque in Flex mode. Both are expected to adopt the CVT automatic transmission developed by Aisin and equipped with the driving modes Automatic, Manual with simulation of seven gears and Sport: the latter also intervenes on the response of the engine, on the adjustment of the gear changes and on the electronic controls of traction and stability. The automatic is standard on the Turbo 200 Flex and optional on the 1.3 Firelfy, which offers a five-speed manual as standard, while the traction is exclusively front for all. The set-up provides for a minimum ground clearance of 22.4 centimeters to be able to handle even light off-road situations and the bumper design has also been studied according to the angles of attack and exit. For the same reason, the car is equipped with features such as adjustable traction control and ABS deactivation for off-road driving. The equipment of the Fiat Pulse also includes the Adas, a fact not taken for granted in a market like the Brazilian one with more permissive homologation rules than the European ones. The front camera is capable of managing automatic high beams, Lane Change Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking.
The price is uncertain, but it is likely in the range of $15,000 to $22,000.
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