Avventura is one of the key Fiat products everyone is really excited about this year. The Avventura concept showcased at the Auto Expo in February is a made for India crossover hatchback based on the Punto.
The car should ideally be launched before the festive season and the appearance of spy shots of an uncamouflaged mule via Autocolumn.com, which looks like production ready, reaffirms our word.
So, what do we see here..? Let us compare the differences with the Auto Expo display car.
The car has lost its LED daytime running lights and in place are regular fog lamps with chrome outlines. The lower part gets mud skirts which have a brushed aluminium look. The Auto Expo concept had darker theme here. The grille also seems to have got a chrome outline and the styling lines on the bonnet are more predominant than how they appeared on the Orange coloured display model.
The roof-rails are present and so is the rear-mounted spare wheel which are two of the most important features which make it look a wee bit crossover.
Apart from that, Avventura should get body cladding all around the car, higher ground clearance (than Punto) and larger tyres which make it the better ‘crossover’ than the pseudo Etios Cross!
Though it is not clear, but the projectors are possibly missing on this car. This, we assume will be obvious and they will be available on the higher trims.
According to the official confirmation from Fiat back in Dec 2012 (snapshot above), when they first announced Avventura (B-CUV), this car will get the 1.3L multijet diesel engine (which we believe will be the 90PS VGT trim) and the 1.4L naturally aspirated petrol engine from Linea Classic and Punto. As you also noticed, the petrol Avventura will NOT enjoy the lowest ‘small-car’ excise duties (which are currently 8%) while the diesel will. This would make it difficult for Fiat to differentiate between the two models.
On the contrary, Fiat has hardly been able to keep many promises it did, so if there is a change somewhere, we will not be surprised! The Avventura is expected to be priced at a little premium and will be slugging it out against the Cross Polo and the recently launched Toyota Etios Cross.