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Fiat debuts striking Punto successor in Brazil


With the local launch of its revived Tipo last week, Fiat Brazil has now taken the covers off the long awaited successor to the aged Punto, in the form of the new Argo.

Known internally as Project X6H, the Argo, shown here in flagship HGT trim, will rival the likes of the Chevrolet Sonic and Ford Fiesta with production expected to commence at Fiat's Betim plant, following its official debut at the Buenos Aires Motor Show in Argentina next month.

Reportedly making reference to Jason and the Argonauts in Greek mythology, the Argo will be offered in a choice of four trim levels; Attractive, Essence, Sporting and HGT, with motivation coming from three flex-fuel engines displacing 1.0, 1.3 and 1.8-litres. Transmission options are slated to include a five-speed manual, five-speed MTA or six-speed torque-converter automatic.

Although developed mainly for the South American market, reports have suggested that the Argo could go on sale in India at some stage, hinting at a possible entry to South African and even European markets.

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