Abarth Pulse SUV launched in Brazil


Fiat has launched the spicier Abarth version of the Pulse SUV in Brazil, with prices reportedly starting at R$ 149,990 (INR 22.89 lakh or US$ 27,986). The Pulse Abarth (or, Abarth Pulse) packs oomph factor both in terms of looks and performance.

On the exterior, the Abarth Pulse swaps the Fiat badges with its own badges, of course, complemented with tastefully curated contrast red elements. In the red-painted car, however, the contrast red elements are gonna be in black—except for the red ring on the wheels. But no matter what paint you choose, the roof and the pillars are gonna be black. The gloss black mesh grille with a gloss black surround further adds to the drama.

The SUV rides on 17-inch gloss black wheels wrapped with grippy tyres. LED automatic headlights, rain-sensing automatic wipers, and a stiffer suspension setup are some of the other key highlights. The springs and shock absorbers are said to be up to 13% firmer. The front suspension has been given a new layout and now features a larger stabilizer bar for greater stability. Torsional rigidity at the rear axle has been increased by 15%. Body roll is also reduced by 10%.

On the inside, you get generous contrast red highlights in the form of dashboard accents and contrast stitching everywhere. The seats are upholstered in black eco-leather (artificial leather?). The rest of the features on the inside are carried over from the Fiat Pulse, including the 10.1-inch central touchscreen, a 7-inch digital driver display, all other creature comforts, and active safety systems.

Notice that the steering wheel has the ‘Poison’ mode button as opposed to the Sport mode button in the Fiat Pulse. This mode activates a special throttle map that is claimed to enable the SUV to reach the same speed in 60% of the time when compared with the Normal mode.

The Abarth Pulse swaps the Fiat Pulse’s 1.0L 3-cylinder flex-fuel turbocharged engine with a 1.3-litre 4-cylinder flex-fuel turbocharged engine, offering 136 kW (185 metric hp) and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque. The engine is coupled with a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox, featuring paddle shifters on the steering wheel. When fed with ethanol, the SUV is claimed to sprint from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 215 km/h (134 mph). A sports exhaust system is also part of the package.

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