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Fiat Brazil launches new Uno

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At first, we thought that the new Uno was a Panda resurrected. Yes, Fiat does sell a Panda already across several markets, but it brought back memories of the good ol' Panda of yore. With its high ground clearance and basic body work with plastic cladding, this new Uno is certainly causing a furore of sorts. But then, there's even more to bring back memories of the Panda. The three slats on the front grille, plastic wheel covers (on the base version) and even black bumpers are something that makes the relation with the erstwhile Panda even more evident.



Under the hood are two engines for this Brazil-spec Uno. A 1.0-litre engine, designed to run on both petrol and gasohol produces 73 bhp (75 bhp for the alcohol laced fuel) and that should be the mainstay of its efficient range. A 1.4-litre engine with the same dual fuel option produces 85 bhp (or 88 bhp). Both these engines should be efficient and we expect them to produce pretty good CO2 figures too. Pretty much Panda-like here too.

On the inside, the interiors are more basic than most hatches in developed markets, but they look hardy and should hold up to the vagaries of life in markets like Brazil. Lots of storage space and bits and pieces from other Fiat markets show that Fiat have been careful to keep the cost of the car low. Smart seating options and decent boot space apart, you get airconditioning and stereo and other small things that one generally needs in a car. The dials on the instrument binnacle are nice and big, pseudo-Mini we'd like the think. It all should work, we guess since there aren't enough electrics that would go wrong and Fiats these days are much better than what Unos of two decades of yore had.

The price in Brazil though is a bit expensive. Priced in the range of $15,500 to a little ove $ 17,000, it isn't cheap, but we guess in markets like India, it should be priced not more than Rs 4.5-5 lakh (roughly USD 10,000-11,000). Can we see make it a comeback in India? Watch this space.