Positioned just above the current Go!, the new Vibe is powered by the same feisty 1.2-litre engine and it's available in both three- and five-door guise.
The Palio Vibe is distinguished from its Go! siblings by the addition of the following equipment:
Audio system featuring a radio/CD and MP3 player
Colour-coded external mirrors
14-inch alloy wheels shod with 175/65 R14 tyres and featuring a full-sized spare wheel
Vibe decals on the flanks and a chrome badge on the rear
The new Vibe also comes standard with tinted windows, intermittent two-speed windscreen wipers, internally adjustable external mirrors, key-operated central locking (incorporating the Fiat CODE rolling code immobiliser), heated rear window, rev counter, halogen headlights, a 12-volt power point and luggage compartment lighting.
Furthermore the Vibe is kitted with power-assisted steering as standard, which incorporates a hydraulic rack and pinion system.
All Palio II models feature height-adjustable front head restraints, a third high-level brake light, rear fog lights, side impact bars in all doors, anti-submarining seats, a collapsible steering column and a full-size spare wheel.
Fiat's Fire Prevention System (FPS) is also included as standard. This system cuts the fuel supply and the electronics of the car in the event of an accident, thereby reducing the chance of a fire breaking out on impact.
The 1.2 eight-valve engine develops 54 kW at 6 000 r/min, along with 102 Nm of torque at 3 250 r/min.
Fiat claims that in the combined cycle the 1.2 consumes 7.8 l/100 km, with constant-speed consumption pegged at 5.9 l/100 km and 7.9 l/100 km at 90 km/h and 120 km/h respectively.
The new Fiat Palio Vibe features 20 000 km service intervals. Fiat Auto South Africa offers Fiat owners a 24-month Manufacturer Warranty, unlimited mileage and an additional 12-month Dealer Extended Warranty or up to 100 000 km in total, three years on paintwork and five years on rust anti-perforation.
Palio Vibe 1.2 three-door - R89 900
Palio Vibe 1.2 five-door - R91 900