Or is it a tiny pickup truck?
Following the death of the 124 Spider and 500L, Fiat's 2021 lineup in the United States now consists of just one model, the Fiat 500X. The Italian automaker has been silent on any upcoming projects, leaving the industry to question the brand's US future. This puzzle is about to get even more complicated, as we just spotted a strange Fiat prototype testing on a frozen lake in Sweden.
Our spy photographers feel confident that this is a Fiat, based on the camouflage, and the overall shape seems to suggest the same. The side profile appears to be a sedan body style, meaning this could be an upcoming replacement for the Fiat Tipo, a model that was never offered in the US. But, the car features a raised ride height, much like a Volvo S60 Cross Country.
The inclusion of a traditional grille hints that this vehicle is sporting an internal combustion engine under the hood rather than an all-electric drivetrain like the new Fiat 500. Since the car is still covered by heavy camo, there are still other possibilities of what this could be. The presence of a fixed roof leads us to believe this is not Fiat's rumored convertible crossover but that elongated rear end is giving off tiny pickup truck vibes. Could this be a compact truck to rival the upcoming Hyundai Santa Cruz?
It's still too early to tell exactly what this vehicle is if it's even a Fiat at all. We should get more answers as the prototype is spied wearing less camo in the coming months. If this is a Fiat, there's no guarantee that it will come to the US. Fiat is confirmed to be getting a new crossover model that will also be badged with Alfa Romeo and Jeep, sharing underpinnings with Groupe PSA vehicles. All three of these new models will be built at Stellantis's Tychy factory in Poland.