New Fiat hatchback set for the UK?

The five-seat Fiat Viaggio is set to go on sale in China as the Italian manufacturer targets the lucrative market but it could mean a UK replacement for the ageing Fiat Bravo.

Fiat’s UK success if based on the retro, stylish new Fiat 500, whose frugal engines, low running costs and customisation options are widely regarded as some of the best in the UK – the car was even named the sexiest car in the world by BBC’s Top Gear.

Fiat also launched the more practical Fiat Panda city car, complete with four-wheel drive option, in the UK this year as it expands its small car lineup.

However, with the likes of the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra regulars in the UK’s top five best-sellers over the past 18 months, Fiat could be planning a return to the small family car segment.

The Fiat Viaggio could provide the basis for this. Fiat says it comes with a modern ‘face’ at the front and new rear tail lamps and LED lights.

Inside, Fiat promises plenty of new technology and a high level of equipment as standard. In China, the Fiat Viaggio will come with a single 1.4-litre turbocharged engine in two different outputs, however a UK version would be expected to offer both petrol and diesel options.

Fiat has not confirmed the new Fiat Viaggio will be a replacement for the Fiat Bravo but a hatchback version of the saloon is expected to be sold in Europe and could make it to the UK in right-hand drive configuration.

Any new small family hatchback will sit above the Fiat Punto Evo hatchback, a Ford Fiesta rival, in Fiat’s line up when it arrives in Fiat UK dealerships.