We’re just days away from the launch of the Avventura crossover styled hatchback, which Fiat imaginatively calls a “contemporary urban vehicle”. In the run up to the vehicle’s launch, variant details have just leaked onto the interweb. The Avventura will be sold with petrol and diesel engines, both carried over from the Punto EVO, upon which the former is based.
The Avventura is about 65 kilograms heavier than the Punto EVO. To handle the additional weight well, Fiat has specified the Avventura with 1.4 liter FIRE petrol (89 Bhp-115 Nm) and 1.3 liter Multijet turbo diesel (91 Bhp-209 Nm) engines, dumping the 1.2 liter FIRE petrol and the lower powered Multijet diesel engines.
While Active, Dynamic and Emotion variants will be on offer, the petrol powered Avventura variants are likely to get a lower level of equipment. This line of thought is triggered by Fiat offering ABS+EBD only on the diesel powered Avventura. Fiat’s decision to go with a lower level of kit on the petrol powered Avventura could have to do with two reasons,
1. The petrol powered Avventura is very likely to be a marginal seller when compared to the diesel engined model.
2. The 1.4 liter petrol engine does not fit in the sub-4 meter excise duty benefits rule. With Fiat having to pay a higher excise duty on the Avventura 1.4 Petrol, stuffing more features into the car is likely to make the petrol powered Avventura variants as expensive as the diesel powered ones, a premium that the car buyer may not be willing to pay.
In terms of the equipment on offer in the Fiat Avventura, even the Active trim of the crossover styled hatchback is quite loaded in terms of the creature comforts and features on offer. The following imagery will take you through all the features that the Avventura brings to the equation.
The Avventura is expected to undercut the Ford EcoSport in terms of pricing and Fiat is expected to position the Avventura as a crossover alternate rather than pitting it against the car’s actual rivals such as the Toyota Etios Cross and the Volkswagen Polo Cross.
If the Avventura hits it off with car buyers in India, the car will be the first crossover styled hatchback to taste success in the Indian market. The Avventura is also one of the few crossover styled hatchbacks that actually comes with a hefty ground clearance of 200 mm, 16 inch alloy wheels and butch looks replete with a spare wheel on the hatch lid, all features that give the Fiat an edge over its rivals.
Brochure scans courtesy IndianHoods