Fiat Avventura showcased during the Auto Expo was a great looker and the only crossover hatchback which we liked. Yes Fiat may have disappointed everyone by breaking promises every now and then but there is no denying the fact that they many some real good looking cars.
Now, coming to the meat of the matter! MotorBash published the first ever spyshots & a spy video of production Avventura earlier in March this year and the mule did not carry all the kit that it is supposed to wear, raising a question – if production Avventura will be significantly mellowed down from the concept?
In an update, new mules of Avventura have been spotted testing by some member of Teamfiat.co.in. And thankfully, all of them are fully kitted..well almost. There are three Avventuras and one regular Punto (must be a convoy).
Avventura is actually a crossover hatch based on the Punto. It is meant to be a contemporary urban car (CUV) targeted at people who live an active lifestyle in the modern cities of India according to Fiat! The major differentiators with Punto are the increased ride height (ground clearance), tailgate-mounted spare wheel, rugged bumpers and skid plates with classy new headlamps (with projectors) and other cosmetic enhancements.
At least two of these mules carry the rear-mounted spare wheel and all of them have roof-rails. Interestingly, they are wearing different alloy-wheels and one of the mules have the same diamond-cut alloys of the concept model showcased at the Auto Expo. From whatever little is visible due to the excess watermarks, these mules do not appear to be powered by projector headlamps.
Avventura will be powered by the 1.3L multijet diesel (should be in the 90PS VGT form) and the 1.4L petrol motor from Punto and Linea. The interiors are also different from Punto and have a very well designed dash. The roll and tilt gauge placed right above the central air con vents is an interesting addition which would help the driver know the inclination of the ascent or descent the car is travelling on.
Avventura will compete against the Cross Polo and Etios Cross (which was launched recently) and should easily trounce both of them. In a recent report we have learnt that Fiat will introduce the India-made car in Nepal by September and hence, we believe it should be launched here earlier than that but going by Fiat’s track record nothing can be said for sure!