Fiat Will Bring Bravo Successor to the US

The Cinquecento has established a small bridgehead for the Italian invasion of the United States market. However, it looks like the automaker wants to follow up with a slightly bigger but still diminutive model.

According to Autocar, Marchionne is looking at expanding its line-up there with the successor to the Bravo. We’re not sure what kind of car that will be, as some say it is not a regular hothatch, but a small crossover, much like the Nissan Qashqai.

Despite the fact that many expected the 500 to fail miserably, sales have begun to pick up in the States. The cabriolet version of the baby hatchback is now appearing in showrooms, and the Abarth and EV versions will follow soon after. So maybe the Italians can make a crossover spin-off like MINI did with the Countryman.

Whatever the case, Fiat is planning a larger offering, according to US brand boss Laura Soaves. But she emphasized that Fiat will not encroach on Chrysler’s traditional markets in the US. “Fiat will be the small car brand,” said Soaves. “It will never have anything larger than a C (segment).”

So, cute and compact it is!

Sergio Marchionne promised a radical approach for the car, saying that it “will not be a traditional offering”. We’ve sort of heard that before with the Citroen DS4, as it’s the way automakers usually let us know that they are making a jack of all traits: coupe looks, crossover practicality and room for your medium dog.

Fiat’s US boss revealed that the delay of the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan that was caused when Marchionne rejected the car’s styling direction will result in the brand arriving on US shores with the 4C sportscar instead.
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