This is Fiat’s new Uno supermini that will first go on sale in Brazil, followed by other South America countries. The car is new, but the name is not – the original Uno is the Punto’s predecessor and was sold from the 1980s till the mid-90s.

Like most old Fiats, production soldiered on in developing nations and the Uno is very popular in places like Brazil. If my memory serves right, the five-door Uno was brought into Malaysia by Torino Motors at the turn of the century – it’s no surprise that not many were bought, as the car looked like a relic that time travelled into the new millennium!

Anyway, this new car measures 3,770 mm long, 1,643 mm wide and 1,490 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,370 mm. Boot space is 280 litres. This puts its size between the Panda and the Grande Punto, although it could be a different case in positioning. Word is that Fiat also plans to make and sell this car in Europe and Russia, but nothing has been confirmed. Initial cars will roll off Fiat Brazil’s Betim plant.

The new Uno will come with a choice of two new Flex Fuel petrol engines – a 1.0-litre unit with 75 bhp and a 1.4-litre unit with 85 bhp. As it’s a low cost model, you won’t find Fiat’s nice Multiair engines in this range. Both powerplants are paired to a five-speed manual gearbox. There’s a pseudo-SUV style variant badged as “Way” that comes with 4X4 style body cladding and raised ride height, but the range is FWD only.

The original Uno featured sharp lines; this one is round and appears cuddly. The distinctive design cue here are the three slats that make up the car’s “grille”. The Uno should be a spacious car to sit in, judging from the high-roof look, and while the interior is relatively spartan, the design is rather cheery and stylish. One of the pictures show a net on the front passenger seat that secures loose items; a good idea. More images after the jump.

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