Fiat will debut its new Viaggio at the Beijing Auto Show, and the car will be the first product of the GAC-Fiat plant in Changsha, China, when production begins this summer. Inventory is expected to hit Chinese dealers sometime in the third quarter of this year.
The Fiat Viaggio uses the same CUSW (for Compact, US Wide) architecture found in its U.S. sibling, the Dodge Dart. Fiat bills this as the most advanced architecture currently available within the Fiat Group, even though it was originally developed for the Alfa Romeo Giulietta.
Like the U.S. market Dart, the Viaggio will be a five passenger sedan, equipped with the same 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in the base model Dart. Buyers will get a choice of five-speed manual or six-speed Dual Dry Clutch automatic transmissions, and Viaggio will come in both 120 and 150 horsepower variants.
The C-segment is the largest selling category in China, so it’s essential that Fiat gets the Viaggio right at launch. Fiat says the car brings the best of its technological know-how, design and refinement to market, and claims that the Viaggio is the only car in its segment to offer only turbocharged engines.