Produced from 1981 to 1985, the Fiat Argenta was an executive car that served as Fiat's flagship model during its production run. It was essentially a facelifted version of the Fiat 132, offering enhanced styling, updated interior, and improved technology.
The Argenta was offered with several engines. Initially, it came with two petrol options: a 2.0L four-cylinder engine generating 112 hp, and a more powerful 2.0L engine with fuel injection delivering 122 hp. Diesel engines were also available - a 2.0L turbo diesel engine with 72 hp, and a more powerful 2.5L version with 100 hp. The engines were paired with a manual five-speed gearbox, and an automatic transmission was optional for the 2.0L petrol variant.
The Fiat Argenta was characterized by its boxy, angular styling, typical of the '80s. It was a sizeable car, offering a spacious interior and a generous boot. The cabin was designed for comfort, with ergonomic seats and high-quality materials.
The Argenta's performance was solid, if not spectacular, particularly with the fuel-injected petrol engine. The ride was comfortable, and handling was predictable. Read more
Fiat packed the Argenta with the latest technology for its time. It came with power steering, air conditioning, electric windows, and a radio cassette player as standard. High-end variants offered luxurious velour upholstery, alloy wheels, and central locking. The Argenta was one of the first Fiats to feature electronic ignition and an onboard computer that displayed information such as fuel consumption and average speed.
The Fiat Argenta had a moderate level of success. It sold well in Italy and other European countries, but it struggled in the UK market, where it faced stiff competition from the likes of the Ford Granada and Vauxhall Carlton. The Argenta was replaced by the Fiat Croma in 1985.