Build alongside the Argo at Fiat's Cordoba Plant in Argentina, the sharply styled Cronos will be offered in three trims and powered by two flex-fuel engines capable of running on either petrol or ethanol.
Starting the range off, the untitled base model comes powered by Fiat's 1.3-litre Firefly engine that makes 80 kW and 139 Nm of torque, with notable standard items being a 3.5-inch TFT instrument cluster display, audio system with Bluetooth and USB, cruise control, height adjustable driver's seat and steering wheel mounted audio controls. A five-speed manual is the only gearbox option available.
Moving one up, the Drive retains the same powertrain but adds a seven-inch UConnect touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, front electric windows, tyre pressure monitor and a rear USB port. Essentially the same model, the Drive GSR comes equipped traction and stability control, rear electric windows, ambient lighting and front armrest, but drops the manual 'box for Fiat's five-speed Gear Smart Ride (GSR) automated manual.
At the sharp end, the Precision uses the Argo's 1.8-litre E.torQ Evo mill that produces 104 kW and 189 Nm of torque, and features items such as 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, rear parking sensors and Hill Start Assist. Opting for the Precision with the six-speed automatic gearbox though adds gearshift paddles, chrome detailing and a leather-wrapped steering wheel to the mix.
In terms of optional extras, 15-inch alloys, reverse camera with rear parking sensors and fog lights can be specified for the 1.3-litre model, while the 1.8-litre variant can also be had with a reverse camera, side airbags, automatic air-conditioning, a bigger seven-inch TFT instrument cluster display, rain sense wipers, on/off headlights and an electro-chromatic rear view mirror.
As it will likely overlap with sales of the Tipo though, don't expect the Cronos to be made available in South Africa anytime soon.