Fiat is going to say TATHASTU to every need of an indian small car buyer. (3.4 to 4.5 lk segment) These days everyone wants to make a small car. If you don’t have a small car under your portfolio, you are nobody in the auto market. A similar ambition has been undertaken by Fiat as the top boss Mr. Rajeev Kapoor earlier announced about an Alto competitor in works for 2012. In his speech he said - “It will be an all-new car, nothing to do with any of our other models and will be priced aggressively. It will compete with the Alto and will have a one-litre engine. The new car will be an India-specific one, made in India, made for India, keeping in mind the country’s unique terrain and temperatures. Our R&D team is working day in and day out to develop the car that meets consumers’ needs in the best manner. The small car market in India is blazing and there is intense competition. The entry level car space excites us” The 2012 Palio has been designed in Italy. Key engineering inputs have arrived from Fiat India’s engineers and tested in brasil This will be Fiat’s Palio replacement globally.We are sure Fiat India will avoid using the “Palio” branding. 1) This new model will borrow design cues from the new Uno, Punto, Panda and palio. 2) We can bet a million bucks that Fiat will drop a 900 cc Twin Air petrol motor under the bonnet. small efficient Multiair petrol engine probably in a 1.0 liter guise. These engines are immensely powerful for their size thanks to advanced Variable Valve timing. The Palio could also come with the 1.3 liter Multijet diesel . Fiat India has confirmed that its small car will have a 1.0-liter petrol engine. 3) 2012 Palio will be bigger than outgoing model, grown in all dimensions. Palio will be placed below Fiat’s beauty queen Grande Punto. 4) The car will not have a conventional radiator grill. The intake will be from the area between the fog lamps. Fiat Palio sports front grille is thinner but chrome garnished grille above front bumper similar to Fiat punto evo andthe bottom portion retains the looks of its predecessor, the current Palio. 5) 2012 Fiat Palio’s headlights are similar to that of Grande Punto in concept but Palio headlights sport dual reflectors, and bigger in size. 6) The belt line of new Palio and current Punto are at same height. 7) the rear seat comfort on the Novo Palio will be good. 8) The door handles on the test mules were from the current Palio. 9) The glass area is more, so occupants will have more light and visibility. 10) The tires, as expected, are skinny. 11) The interiors here is undergoing a complete overhaul. 12) The AC vents will no longer be square. 13) The steering wheel sports a chunkier grip and a modern two-tone, three spoke design. 14) The roofline doesn’t slope and hence the rear passengers will have ample headroom 15) The tail lamps will be miniature versions of the Punto‘s. 16) The slanted tail gate and sharp tail lamps take its structure one step further towards the New Grande Punto. The 2012 Palio, according to reliable reports, has been built on the Novo Uno platform.. Is is reported that Italian car manufacturer reducing the cost of spare parts for the Fiat Palio by a huge margin in India. It is also stipulated that the engines of the new Palio will abide by the Bharat Stage IV emission norms. The car is expected to carry forward the same price tag of Rs 3.45-4.5 lakh as the current Palio. Possibility of platforms being shared between Fiat and Tata Motors, so this vehicle could form the underpinnings to the compact hatch which Tata will launch in the coming years to fill the gap between the Nano and the Indica Vista. The 2012 Palio is expected in India during the next edition of the Auto Expo and work is progressing quickly in Brazil where lot of its development is taking place. Fiat should perhaps run a buy back scheme for Palio owners when the new Palio hits showrooms. They could use Palio customers as a launchpad by offering the replacement model with attractive offers and schemes. This could help Fiat clear up the old and forgotten Palio from streets and perhaps give another reason for existing Fiat customers to buy another one. The Palio badge needs to be tossed out of the window, very importantly.