A new Fiat hatchback has been spied testing in Brazil ahead of a rumored debut date sometime in early 2017.
The new hatch, referred to internally by Fiat Chrysler as the Fiat X6H, will replace the B-Segment Fiat Punto in various international markets. According to Brazilian website AutoSegrados, the X6H will also spawn ‘X6S’ sedan and ‘X6P’ small truck variants.
There’s not much to see in the photos, as the prototype hatch is covered in pre-production camouflage, but we can make out a tall greenhouse section and doors for easy ingress and egress, along with vertically mounted taillights.
The X6H is said to ride on an improved version of Fiat’s ‘Economy’ platform that is currently employed in the Fiat 326 ‘Palio’. Under the hood will be a new 100 horsepower 1.3-liter four-cylinder gas engine, with a 1.8-liter diesel being offered as well. The five-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions used in the Jeep Renegade are also expected to be offered in the car.
The hatchback and sedan versions of the X6H will reportedly be built at FCA’s Cordoba plant in Argentina, while the pickup will be built in Betim, Brazil.