2019 – FIAT CRONOS DRIVE 1.8 AT

With bold, refined and innovative design, the Fiat Cronos arrived in early 2018 to revolutionize the sedans market. With ample interior and one of the largest trunk of the category, with impressive 525 liters capacity, it still stands out for the technology it offers, with items such as ESC (stability control), Hill Holder (active brake system with electronic control that assists in up) and TC (traction control). Now, to complement the range of versions, Fiat introduces the new and extremely competitive Cronos Drive 1.8 AT for $ 68,790. Built for those who are looking for the performance of the 1.8 E.torQ Evo VIS engine with 139 hp, this new configuration also features a six-speed automatic transmission. With smooth running and in perfect harmony with the propeller, it features Neutral Function, which helps fuel economy by decoupling the engine from the transmission at fast traffic stops – which also avoids the uncomfortable feeling that the system is forcing the brakes . More complete among the Drive versions, the Drive 1.8 AT offers, for example, UCONNECT 7.0-inch Multimedia Center Touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, USB input and Voice recognition system, steering wheel with audio and telephone commands ; second USB port, anti-theft alarm camera, air conditioning, driver’s seat height adjustment, on-board computer, power steering, ESS system (emergency braking light), ISOFIX child seat anchorage system, Ambient Lights and rear parking sensor with graphic display.

It also features exterior mirrors with electric folding, tilt down and puddle lamps, iTPMS tire pressure monitoring system, front power windows, Start & Stop system for fuel economy, controls electronic traction and stability, electric lock, height-adjustable steering wheel, cold starting system without tank and 3.5-inch TFT display and high resolution on the dashboard. The customer can also choose to add to the Fiat Cronos Drive 1.8 AT three option packages. The Stile 1 Kit features fog lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, 195/55 R16 tires, LED Design headlights, exterior trim, chrome trim and exterior door handles. The Stile 2 Kit comes with fog lights, leather-wrapped seats, split rear seat, 17-inch alloy wheels with 205/50 R17 tires, Design LED headlamps and the friezes, exterior door handles and bumpers with details chrome plated. Finally, the Comfort Kit includes rear electric windows, autopilot, leather-wrapped steering wheel, armrest for the driver and paddle shifts behind the steering wheel.

2019 – FIAT CRONOS PRECISION 1.8 FLEX

Thrown, modern, beautiful, spacious, refined and innovative. These were some of the expressions used to define the new Fiat Cronos by the first people who knew the model closely during the clinics with compact sedan buyers recently held by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). These adjectives were awarded to the Fiat Cronos justly. Starting with the design of dynamic lines that run through and unify all the elements of the body. The front is highlighted by strong features, with muscular appearance, and elongated hood, typical style of sports models. This feature is enhanced by the headlamps, which invade the sides with an LED signature, and is complemented by the chrome-plated central grille, which also demonstrates the refinement of the sedan. The sides reveal a vigorous surface that connects harmoniously to the high and wide rear, with LED lanterns with angled and seductive design. The lid houses one of the largest trunk in the category, with an impressive 525 liters capacity. The design of the Fiat Cronos is engaging, stimulating, modern and full of personality. Cronos really translates a new time for the design of the sedans in the Brazilian market. The bold style coupled with sophistication is reflected in the interior, with plenty of space and modernity. The look is drawn to the 7.0-inch Uconnect Touch multimedia system, in floating style as a tablet and compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as standard in four of the five versions, allowing access to Waze and WhatsApp, among other applications. The equipment can be controlled from the multifunction steering wheel.

This, however, is just the opening of the technological package that embraces the new Fiat Cronos. The list is immense, but one can highlight the iTPMS – tire pressure sensor – another standard in all versions – the instrument cluster with 7.0-inch digital display in high definition, the Start & Stop system for fuel economy , key-operated keyless entry, exterior mirrors with electric folding, tilt down and puddle lamps, rain sensors, twilight and dazzle sensors, digital automatic air-conditioning, aft camera with dynamic lines, parking sensor, electric steering and the system of cold start without tanquinho. This technological sophistication is repeated throughout the entire mechanical assembly, anchored in the new generation of FCA engines. There are two engine options for flex (1.3 Firefly and 1.8 E.torQ EVO), and three transmission (manual, GSR Comfort automated and 6-speed automatic). In terms of safety the Fiat Cronos brings a new time to the segment. The state-of-the-art Fiat sedan offers side air bags, ESC (electronic stability control), TC (traction control), HH (Hill Holder) and ISOFIX child seat anchorage system.

Deep research and development

To develop Cronos, FCA relied on comprehensive research and development to understand the needs and aspirations of the consumer, increasingly demanding and aware of technological developments in the automotive market. Studies have shown that consumers in the compact sedans segment are mostly married, have at least one child, travel constantly with their family and have a single car, which thus needs to comply with fundamental precepts such as good internal space and of luggage, comfort and safety. Other items such as design, performance and fuel economy also have relevant participation in the purchase decision. Another highlight of the research was the customer’s desire for technological contents that are really useful and that make a difference in their day-to-day life. That is, the consumer is no longer interested in systems that at first glance appear modern, but that add little or no constant practical use. This perception was relevant in the choice of several items already cited that equip the Fiat Cronos, such as the 7.0-inch Uconnect Touch multimedia system and its screen projection functions. The model still fully meets another important element to make the purchase decision in this segment: trust and brand tradition. Cronos represents the continuation of a very successful lineup of Fiat sedans. In just the last six years more than 400,000 people have acquired branded sedans, and hundreds of them in direct and growing sequence – first acquired a Siena, then a Grand Siena and then a Linea. The latter model, even, is one of the cars with the largest volume of repurchase, with index that is double the traditional ones in the market.

Range for all needs

With five versions, two engine options and three transmission options, the Fiat Cronos offers a wide range of options for the most varied sub-segments of the sedan sector. And this wide variety of versions makes it possible to meet a wide price range and needs. Know all of them:

Cronos 1.3

Input option is driven by the four-cylinder 1.3-liter Firefly engine with 109 horsepower and 139 Nm of torque (both with 100% ethanol). The transmission is five-speed manual. As standard, there are air conditioning, electric steering, electric windows (front), electric lock, key with remote control, radio with Bluetooth and USB connections, onboard computer, steering wheel with radio and telephone commands, 3.5 inch TFT display and high-resolution instrument panel, ISOFIX points, iTPMS tire pressure monitoring system, driver’s seat height adjustment, ESS (emergency braking flag) system, three-point seat belts for all rear occupants, support rear center head, height adjustable steering wheel and others. Still, there is a wide range of accessories from Mopar to also equip this version.

Cronos DRIVE 1.3

Compared to the previous version, the Fiat Cronos Drive 1.3 adds the 7.0-inch Uconnect Touch multimedia system and the second USB port – facing the rear passengers. Optional fog lights are available, split rear seat, alloy wheels, aft camera with dynamic lines, parking sensor, tilt down mirrors (automatic adjustment of the passenger side mirror to a lower position in the rear) and integrated arrow repeaters, rear electric windows and alarm.

Cronos DRIVE 1.3 GSR

This version is equipped with Firefly 1.3 engine and five-speed GSR (Gear Smart Ride) Comfort automated transmission with button control in the central console, simple and intuitive drive. The GSR Comfort includes important functions such as Sport, which drives a more sporty driving mode, and Auto Upshift Abort, which provides stronger pickups. The version also has paddle shifts behind the steering wheel, through which the driver can change the gears manually. In this configuration the Fiat Cronos has the best fuel consumption figures in the range, either with ethanol or gasoline in the tank. Also in the series are Drive 1.3, Start & Stop, Ambient Lights, which give the interior of the Cronos even more refinement and sophistication, cruise control, armrest for the driver, rear electric windows, rear-view mirrors with tilt down and integrated arrow repeaters and the following safety features:

ESC (Electronic Stability Control)  – Ensures the maximum maneuverability of the car in situations of loss of grip of the front or rear axles, acting through sensors. The wheels are braked selectively automatically while the engine power can be momentarily decreased, allowing the vehicle to take the correct direction pointed by the steering wheel.

TC (Traction Control)  – It acts directly on the conditions of steep and slippery ramps, such as a wet walk. In this situation the low grip would cause the wheels to slip and the vehicle to have compromised steering, but the system electronically reduces the torque on the front wheels to increase grip to the floor and ensure a safe movement sequence.

HH (Hill Holder)  – It is an assistant for ramp starting that prevents the car from moving backwards in the exits in steep sections, avoiding collisions. The HH still acts in the parking maneuvers, both in ascents and descents. The Fiat Cronos Drive 1.3 GSR can even optionally be equipped with fog lights, split rear seat, alloy wheels, rear camera with parking sensor and alarm.

Cronos PRECISION 1.8

With five-speed manual transmission, the version is equipped with a 1.8-liter E.torQ Evo VIS engine with 139 hp of power and 189 Nm of torque (both with 100% ethanol). This engine has the variable intake manifold system – VIS (Variable Intake System), which ensures more power at low engine speeds. With up to 4,000 rpm the air going to the cylinders passes a longer path, favoring the torque. From there, a fin is driven causing air to travel the shortest path, increasing power. They are standard equipment of this version, in addition to those of Drive 1.3, headlights with LED position light, 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, electric mirrors with tilt down and integrated arrow repeaters, rear electric windows, rear seat bipartite, rear parking sensor and alarm. Optionally, the Fiat Cronos Precision 1.8 can also receive front side air bags, a dynamic line rear-view camera, a 7.0-inch high-resolution TFT display in the dashboard, digital automatic air conditioning, rear-view mirror with dazzle sensor, mirrors exterior mirrors with electric folding and puddle lamps, Keyless Entry’N ‘Go, rain sensor, light sensor, leather seats, door handles and chrome door trim and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Cronos PRECISION 1.8 AT6

In this configuration, the Cronos has a six-speed automatic transmission, the same used in the pick-up Fiat Toro and Fiat Argo. In addition to its smooth operation and in perfect harmony with the 1.8 E.torQ Evo VIS engine, it features Neutral Function, which helps fuel economy by decoupling the engine from the transmission at fast traffic stops – which also avoids the nuisance feeling that the system is forcing the brakes. In addition to the items in the Precision 1.8 version, the automatic version features standard paddle shifts behind the wheel for manual shift, cruise control, Ambient Lights, armrest for the driver, leather-wrapped steering wheel and door handles and chrome door trim. The optional items available for this version are the same as the Precision 1.8, except for the chrome trim and knobs (as standard here). The new Fiat Cronos comes on the market in eight colors. Three are solid (White Banchisa, Vulcan Black and Alpine Red), three metallic (Bari Silver, Scandium Gray and Vesuvius Black) and two pearls (Alaska White and Marsala Red).

Warranty, service and accessories Mopar

The Fiat Cronos has a three year warranty with no mileage limit. This period may be extended through Mopar Vehicle Protection, the MVP, available with the option to dilute its value in the portions of the vehicle financing plan. Now with the programs on the Build Your Car page on Fiat’s website, to make it easy to calculate the value of the car with the services, MVP also offers Tailored Review, with pre-programmed and fixed price visits, Convenience Services, which include the most common activities performed during the life of a vehicle, such as oil change, alignment and balancing, among others, and the 24-hour Assistance, with five available modalities that complement or extend the basic assistance Confiat. Mopar still offers more than 40 accessories to provide a unique customization to each Fiat Cronos, to enhance the style and practicality, among other requirements of the model.

New Subaru Review – Review of 2011 Tribeca

The new Subaru 2011 Tribeca is considered to be among the well-performing and affordably priced midsize SUV models released in 2011. However, this is just not enough for making an educated decision on whether this model is suitable for you or not. Use this Subaru review to figure out whether the model is for you. The 2011 Tribeca has a standard four-wheel drive system. It has a 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine. The engine produces 256 horsepower. The five-speed automatic transmission can be shifted manually as well. The four-wheel-drive system makes this new Subaru stand out among its SUV competitors. However, this system makes the car slightly less economic. This model can achieve 16/21 mpg city/highway, according to official data. As you can see, the fuel economy is good, but it could have been better. In general, the engine has very good performance. The acceleration and transmission are considered to be the best features of this model. The 2011 Tribeca model is equipped with all standard controls. Some of the standard features worth pointing out include a power driver’s seat, heated side mirrors and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. This new Subaru scores well in terms of control, but if you want more advanced high-tech features, you have to go for an upgraded base model. This model has two rows of seats plus a standard third-row seat. The new subaru ascent 2019 has 8.3 cubic feet of storage space. It will not be a mistake to say that the third-row seat is a bit tight while the storage space could have been bigger, especially given the class of the vehicle. The 2011 Tribeca has a slightly conservative yet classic design. It scores better in terms of functionality than in terms of looks.

The safety features of the new Subaru include side-curtain airbags for the front and rear row seats, front-side impact airbags, and Vehicle Dynamic Control, Traction Control System, Brake Assist and Electronic Brake-force Distribution. The car got top scores from state authorities for occupant protection. It has good scores in front crash protection, rear, and side crash protection and even in roof protection. Overall, it can be said that this new Subaru model offers a good level of safety to the driver and the passengers. Overall, this Subaru review concludes that the new 2011 Tribeca model offers good performance, convenient and reliable controls and high level of safety to the driver and passengers. The model could have been more fuel-efficient. It could have offered a larger storage space. The new Subaru XV is a new type of crossover by the Japanese manufacturer and directed to rival Nissan Qashqai, although the high-end variants have not much of a difference in price from premium brands like Audi Q3 and BMW X1. Subaru gives the option of three engines in XV, two cans of petrol- 1.6l and 2.0l and one 2.0l diesel with manual and CVT transmission. The engines are also called as “Boxer” engines as they have horizontally-opposed cylinders. Though the Subaru is mainly aimed for the urban use all of the variants are the all-wheel drive that enables a firm road grip in bad conditions and off-road ability to a certain extent.

Despite being a tall car and having light steering, it feels sharp and has an excellent body control. The new CVT transmission is a bit noisy and does not respond well to the accelerator but has a maximum efficiency, the manual gearbox gives more smooth and satisfying shifting. The 1.6l and 2.0l patrols return 112bhp and 148bhp and the diesel is 2.0l 148bhp (best option in our opinion). The 2.0l diesel returns the economy of 50.4mpg and carbon emissions of 146g/km which is the same to its rivals. For someone who travels a lot, the diesel version is the best option in the long run. XV has a very spacious interior with plenty of leg room at the back, thanks to the concave shaped front seats. High seats allow an excellent view for the driver and passengers. The plastics and other materials are also very well put together. The safety features include seven airbags, traction control, ABS brakes, and collapsing wheel column. It has a five star Euro NCAP rating. There is also an out of sight sub trunk of 15-liters for valuable items. The boot floor can be lifted up and hooked with the tailgate act as a ramp which means the loading has never been so easier. Compared to its rivals, the XV is easy to access making it a perfect family car. The permanent four-wheel drive gives XV the edge over other family hatchbacks during bad weather conditions.

The entry-level model costs around £21,000, which is a little higher than its rivals Qashqai and Mitsubishi ASX. The diesel version costs around £24000, that can buy you a basic Audi Q3 2.0 TDI which is a premium car with great interior and smoother drive. Subaru is hoping that XV will become its best-selling model very soon, apart from the price there is nothing else that can stop it from achieving that. The 2008 Subaru Impreza could have been better if the manufacturer would have the care to put some more viable changes to the engine and other features. The affordable small car is ranked quite low for its outdated powertrain and uninspiring style. However, the Impreza could only impress the driver when it comes to fuel efficiency and some amount of safety features. Subaru counts this car among the sporty vehicles of time but to be the sporty small car it requires some quality. The all-new Subaru Impreza is an all wheel drive car which is ranked low because of its failure to provide good engine choices. The newly redesigned car could not match the new designs of today’s needs. Subaru also provided Impreza wagon and Impreza WRX which are performance oriented cars. The performance of WRX is somewhat reliable but the Impreza midsize car could not impress the critics and auto lovers much.

Under the Hood:

The Subaru Impreza has been criticized for its underperformance and less powerful engine features. Let us see what it utilizes under the hood. The Impreza is installed with a standard 2.5-liter aluminum alloy 16-valve boxer engine which makes 170 horsepower and also 170-pound-feet of torque. The car can achieve the benchmark of 60 miles per hour in just 9.1 seconds. The smooth line of the four-cylinder engine can perform but when it’s a Subaru Boxer engine it must have added some more power. The car can achieve 20 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highway. This is not so impressive because there are other affordable midsize cars like Toyota Camry and others which have the more powerful engine and can do the same. The Subaru Impreza WRX which is performance oriented car has been able to offer impressive performance with its 305 horsepower, 290 lb-ft 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. This car can achieve the milestone of 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds.

The other model of Subaru called Legacy too used the same engine which the Impreza uses but it has more power options that the 2008 Impreza model. Legacy has a choice of another engine of the car is a 2.5-. This engine with a five-speed automatic transmission with SPORTSHIFT rev-matching control can give only 17/24 mpg at its best. The 2012 Impreza is Subaru’s bid to capture a larger piece of the lucrative small car market. The 2012 Impreza features a smaller version of Subaru’s venerable boxer 4 cylinder engine and a new more lightweight body and chassis. The interior is also all new. Subaru vehicles have always had a solid reputation for quality and in recent years high performance with the WRX line of Impreza models. What Subaru has not yet managed to do is build a mass-market compact car like Mazda’s 3. The outgoing Impreza model is to blandly style and to thirsty on fuel to appeal to the average compact car buyer. Subaru purists would be worried that this new Impreza has sacrificed some of its unique personality traits in order to become more popular. Purists need not worry the new Impreza still has a full-time performance all-wheel-drive system. The Candian Impreza is available in Base, Touring, Sport and Limited models. The US model is available in Base, Premium, Limited, Sports Premium and Sport limited. Our test car was a Canadian model. What everybody is wondering is; can this new Impreza effectively compete with the Honda Civic, Mazda 3 and Chevrolet Cruze for compact car market share?

The inside of the Impreza follows in the footsteps of its predecessors; plain but functional and well constructed. The dash is made of a nice soft touch material and the quality of fit and finish is excellent. The gauge cluster in front of the driver is simple and easy to read. Taking a cue from BMW there is an analog fuel economy gauge in the lower right of the dash. The steering wheel feels solid and feels nice to hold in your hands. Stereo and heating and ventilation controls are all very no-nonsense and simple in design and construction. Seats have good support and are comfortable, however, they lack any option for power adjustment. All models have basic iPod line in capability with higher end touring models offering USB integration and Bluetooth audio streaming. Top end Limited models include a Pioneer multimedia system. Overall the cabin of the Impreza is solidly built but is not very exciting. If you value utility over beauty you will be very happy with it. On the road the Impreza feels capable and sure-footed. Acceleration is adequate from the 2.0L 148 horsepower boxer engine, but it could not be called quick. The available CVT automatic transmission shifts quickly and helps to vastly improve fuel economy in the Impreza over the last model. The standard equipment manual transmission is nice to shift and has a high end notchy feel as you change gears. Touring models and above have an available paddle shift CVT automatic. Handling is the Impreza’s strongest suit. The car grips the road amazingly well and the symmetrical all-wheel-drive system allows you to take challenging corners with ease even in bad weather. During hard cornering the Impreza exhibits minimal body roll. The steering wheel is responsive but still easy to turn in the parking lot. Interior noise levels are somewhat higher than average in this segment but aren’t loud enough to be annoying. In terms of handling and performance across a wide variety of weather conditions, the Impreza has no equal in the compact car class.