RUMOURS: Fiat Strada will adopt a new 1.0-litre turbocharged FIREFLY engine!

The most popular vehicle in Brazil will receive a major upgrade for the 2024 model year. Our friends at Autos Segredos (Auto Segredos) informed us that they have received important information about the 2024 Fiat Strada subcompact pickup truck.

2022 Fiat Strada Ranch. (DECREE).

Along with a minor restyling treatment planned for the vehicle’s mid-cycle action (MCA), the Strada will also get a new powertrain under its hood.

Currently, the Strada offers two engine options. The lineup consists of a naturally aspirated 1.4-liter FIRE inline-four engine with Flex Fuel capability standard in the entry-level Endurance model. The 1.4-liter FIRE delivers 85 horsepower on gasoline and 88 horsepower on ethanol). A 5-speed manual is the only transmission available with this engine.

2022 Fiat Strada Ranch. (DECREE).

A naturally aspirated 1.3-liter FIREFLY inline-four engine delivering 101 gasoline horsepower and 109 ethanol horsepower is equipped on Freedom, Volcano and Ranch trims. The engine can be mated to a 5-speed manual or a simulated 7-speed continuously variable transmission (CVT) with an E-Locker traction control system.

But according to the Autos Segredos report, the Strada will adopt the FIREFLY turbocharged 1.0-liter inline-three engine. of his pulse and Fastback B-SUV range. The FIREFLY 1.0 liter turbo will be at the top of the engine lineup and is expected to deliver 128 horsepower on ethanol and 123 horsepower on gasoline. The engine would be mated to the same CVT unit used with the 1.3-liter.

2022 Fiat Strada Ranch. (DECREE).

The arrival of the 1.0-liter comes just in time to compete with the new Chevrolet Montana, which will debut in early 2023.

Expect the 2024 Fiat Strada MCA facelift to be minor, with the biggest changes to the truck’s design focusing on the front bumper and grille. The hood, fenders and headlights should remain the same, according to the report. Inside, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a digital gauge cluster like we’ve seen on most Stellantis vehicles. Also some trim and material changes.

2022 Fiat Strada Ranch. (DECREE).

We hope that FIAT will correct its poor evaluation in its recent New Vehicle Assessment Program for Latin America and the Caribbean (Latin NCAP) crash test results.

But with more than 50% of sales in the Brazilian van segment, FIAT would probably not tackle anything to continue its success.

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