Fiat Brazil has taken the wraps off the Mobi, an A-segment car with a rather questionable design.

It’s a preemptive move to rival the Renault Kwid which isn’t available yet in Brazil, but will soon arrive as an import from India. Just like the Kwid, the Mobi is a city car with a significantly increased ground clearance and with a design that certainly takes some time getting used to, but it is perhaps a tad more appealing than the Kwid.

Fiat Brazil will sell the Mobi in no less than six trims (Easy, Easy On, Like, Like On, Way, Way On) and all of them will share a flex-fuel 1.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 73 horsepower (54 kilowatts) and 69 pound-feet (93 newton meters) of torque when running on gasoline. Switch to ethanol and the output increases a little bit to 75 hp (56 kW) and 72 lb-ft (97 Nm).

The engine is paired exclusively to a five-speed manual transmission which delivers the power to the front axle. Given the hardware, don’t expect stellar performances from the Fiat Mobi, with the 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) taking an agonizing 14.3 seconds before topping out at 95 mph (153 kph).

The Way and Way On trims make the Mobi look like a miniature crossover with plastic cladding around the wheel arches and also with roof rails. The base version sits on tiny 13-inch wheels with 165/70 R13 tires, while all of the others get 14-inch wheels shod in 175/65 R14 rubbers. Depending on the trim level, weight varies between 2,000 pounds (907 kilograms) and 2,129 lbs (966 kg).

Being an A-segment vehicle, the Mobi is very small, with an overall length of 3566 mm (3596 mm for Way and Way On), a width of 1633 mm (1685 mm for Way and Way On), and a height varying from 1490 mm to 1550 mm, depending on trim. The trunk is also very limited in terms of cargo capacity and varies from 215 to 235 liters.

Fiat Brazil is already taking orders for its city car and is asking R$31,900 for the entry-level Mobi Easy and R$43,800 if you want the range-topping Mobi Way On.

Source: Fiat Brazil

Gallery: 2016 Fiat Mobi