The urban variant with off-road equipment has been winning over lovers of the “lameira” aesthetic, designed in a heavy way.
The off-road aesthetic of the urban-looking models is a strategy used and abused in the last decades by almost all the car manufacturers installed in Brazil – and they don’t stop gaining strength. Such offers take into account what manufacturers’ marketing experts call the “expectation factor”.
Even those who buy cars for use in cities like to think that their car offers the possibility of taking extreme roads. Not by chance, in the 2022 line of the limited edition Mobi, presented in May 2021, Fiat launched the Trekking version – with an undisguised proposal to repeat the success of the Argo Trekking, which in 2019 included elements of mud beauty and became one of the best. sought after compact versions.
On the 2023 line, presented in March last year, the Mobi has not changed – stability and traction control and hill start assistant are now offered as an option in the Safety Package. In the “top” Trekking configuration, new black designs with orange details were added to the hood and side of the hatch.
Apparently, the strategy to launch the Trekking version was correct and the Mobi has been gaining ground in the national sales ranking – it was the 15th most licensed car in Brazil in 2020 and jumped to ninth place in 2021, while a similar variant without – set props appeared -road.
In 2022, almost 73,000 Mobi units were sold, which placed the Fiat subcompact in the fifth most licensed car in the country – surpassed only by the Fiat Strada Pickup, Hyundai HB20 hatch, Chevrolet Onix hatch and Onix Plus sedan.
The Mobi is 3.56 meters long, 1.66 meters wide, 1.55 meters tall and has a wheelbase of 2.30 meters. With only 969 kg (in Trekking), it is one of the lightest cars in Brazil. Despite being on the market for six years and without major changes in appearance, its lines and silhouette remain current.
The front end features hanging lamps that are joined by a gloss black grille. The luggage compartment lid continues to be made of black glass – a feature that gives the rear of the compact produced in the mining town of Betim a device-like appearance.
The trunk is small (215 liters) and the back seat is not split, which reduces the possibility of folding. To enhance the Mobi’s exhilaration in the Trekking version, long roofs increase the height and make the car more elegant. The trim comes with a two-tone hood, darkened hoods, piano black tinted mirrors, a black center console sticker and body colored door handles.
Stickers with graphics reminiscent of tribal tattoos decorate the center of the hood and the lower part of the trunk. The wheels are stamped steel measuring 5.5 x 14 inches with integral hubcaps, shod with low rolling resistance 175/65 R14 tires. The compact compact has 19 centimeters of ground clearance.
Inside, the Mobi Trekking has a multi-function steering wheel, roof console with storage compartment, auxiliary mirror and UConnect multimedia center with 7-inch touchscreen, mirroring smartphone with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay with wireless projection, which can to pair up to two mobile phones. at the same time.
A customizable screen displays control of all vehicle functions, while the system allows for multiple connections via Bluetooth and an on-board computer. The setup also has a tire pressure sensor and a trunk and carpet mat. It only introduces the mandatory front airbags, for the driver and passenger.
The two options of the Mobi line – along with the Trekking, there is also the basic Kama – are powered by the same engine, the veteran 1.0 Fire Evo Flex wished to have 74 horses and ethanol at 6,250 revolutions per minute and 9.7 kgfm of torque. at 3,850 rpm, it is always associated with a 5-speed manual transmission.
According to Fiat, the subcompact accelerates from zero to 100 km / h in 13.8 seconds and can reach 152 km / h with the same fuel. For Inmetro, Mobi has an urban consumption of 13 km / l with gasoline and 8.9 km / l with ethanol and a highway consumption of 14.1 km / l and 10.1 km / l, respectively – numbers that translate into concept A in terms of consumption .
The price of the Mobi Trekking starts at R$70,990 (in São Paulo State, where taxes are higher, part of R$72,901), exactly R$3,500 more than the original Kama version. However, the original price is only valid for the bodywork in Vulcano Black.
In the solid White Banchisa and Red Montecarlo (tested model), both with a black roof, the starting price rises to R $ 850. In the pearlescent Gray Strato, also with a black roof, the increase is R $ 1,200. And in Gray Silverstone metallic, always with a black roof, the bill increases by R$ 1,750.
Walking can still be enhanced with three optional packages. The Safety Package increases stability and traction control with the Hill Holder (assistance to start climbing) and costs R$ 700. In the Style Pack II, for R$ 2,200, electric exterior mirrors are included with Tilt Down and direction indicator lights and light alloy wheels.
The Top Pack (available in the evaluated model) adds fog lights, a height-adjustable steering wheel, height-adjustable front seat belts, a trunk with command to open the fuel tank, an anti-theft alarm and colored alloy wheels. , for BRL 3,800.
Experience on board: the limits of space
In small places, space on the board is less predictable. In Mobi, the occupants of the front seats are even well placed, but in the back, the space is completely restricted. At least there is ease of access, thanks to the good opening angle of the rear doors (75 degrees).
There are small storage niches in the center console, front doors and roof console – standard on the Trekking version. Fabric seat trim and white topstitching are other details that distinguish the version. There are hard plastics everywhere in the cabin, however, they are of pleasant texture.
The 7-inch UConnect multimedia center adopted in Mobi Trekking is the one that organizes the images of the Toro and Strada. User interaction with the vehicle is enhanced through navigation functions via Waze and Google Maps, music (streaming/MP3), voice recognition (Siri/Google Voice), reading and answering “hands-free” messages for SMS and WhatsApp and calendar integration. Since the cabin is small, the air conditioner quickly cools the room. The 215 liter trunk is in line with the car’s size.
Driving sensation: less power
With its famous 1.0 Fire Evo Flex engine with a capacity of 74 horsepower and 9.7 kgfm with ethanol, the “car” does not excite in terms of performance. However, it is agile in most situations in urban traffic. The weight of only 969 kg certainly has advantages in performance and fuel economy.
On a steep climb, especially if the car is full, it is important to downshift and accelerate hard to maintain speed. The Mobi was more exciting from 2017 to 2020, when it used the Firefly engine, with 5% more power and 15% more torque – and was still more economical. In the 2023 line, the Fire Engine received a technological evolution to improve its efficiency
Mobi with a length of 3.56 meters and a width of 1.68 meters makes the car fit into any rough place. Despite the steering being hydraulic and not electrically assisted, the Mobi’s light weight allows the steering wheel to be moved without much effort in manoeuvring. In a country where many cities have traffic conditions similar to those of the roads – with potholes, ditches and speed bumps – 19 centimeters of height above the ground and an entry angle of 24 degrees represent a certain advantage.
But real off-road conditions should be avoided – narrow 14-inch tires do not help at all. In road use, the observer and engine noises discourage high cruising speeds. Sometimes, the “powertrain” runs out of breath when you have to straighten the gear, which requires caution when overclocking. The 5-speed manual transmission is inaccurate and the stroke is a little long, but at least the engagement is smooth.
- Engine: 1.0 Fire Evo Flex naturally aspirated, 999 cm³, four cylinders, multi-point injection
- Power: 74 horsepower with ethanol and 71 horsepower with gasoline at 6,250 rpm
- Torque: 9.7 kgfm with ethanol and 9.3 kgfm with gasoline at 3,250 rpm
- Exchange: 5-speed manual
- Tension: ahead
- Direction: fluid
- Suspension: Front wheel MacPherson type, independent type wheel with coil springs, torsion beam type Rear, independent type wheel with coil springs
- Body work: four-door, five-seat small hatchback
- Specifications: Length 3.56 meters, width 1.68 meters, height 1.54 meters, wheelbase 2.30 meters
- Weight: 969 kilos
- tank: 47 liters
- Stem: 215 liters
- Price: BRL 70,990 in Volcano Black color (in São Paulo, due to tax differences, prices start from BRL 72,901) and BRL 71,840 in Montecarlo Red color with Vulcano Black roof (model tested). The Advanced Pack (present in the evaluated model) adds R$ 3,800.
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