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The first teaser images of the new Fiat Viaggio have been published by the manufacturer this week ahead of the car's official unveiling at the Beijing International Auto Show later this month.

Although the snapshots only offer a few glimpses of the entirely new saloon, they do suggest the vehicle will be a pretty good looking model, with plenty of clean, flowing lines.

It also features Fiat's trademark front grill shape, which has become a feature of its recent models such as the 500.

The Viaggio (Italian for voyage) is the first new model to be produced jointly by Fiat and Chrysler, which began a strategic global alliance together in 2009.

It means many of the Fiat car parts that go into making the Viaggio will also be used with the Dodge Dart which was presented at the Detroit Motor Show last January and shares the same base as the Fiat model.

According to Fiat, the four-door, five-seater Viaggio will deliver "a unique blend of power, fuel efficiency, sophistication, technology and vehicle dynamics, beautifully clothed in a distinctive Italian design".

It will be the only vehicle in its class to offer exclusively turbocharged engines across the range.

Customers will be able to choose from 120hp and 150hp versions of Fiat's 1.4l T-Jet engine with either a five-speed manual transmission or the manufacturer's Dual Dry Clutch Transmission.

The car will be the first to be produced at Fiat's new plant in Changsha, Hunan province, China and will go on sale in the third quarter of the year.

It follows the release in February this year of the Italian carmaker's latest version of the Panda.

The new model comes with greater fuel efficiency than its predecessor, as well as being bigger and packed with safety features, such as six airbags, anti-lock braking, optional, electronic stability program and an anti-whiplash head restraint system.

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