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Fiat launches mini-SUV Avventura at Rs 5.99 lakh

October 22, 2014 13:17 IST
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Fiat launched the Avventura with a starting price of Rs 599,064 ex-Showroom, New Delhi. Here’s variant-wise pricing of the car:

Fiat Avventura 1.4 P Active: Rs 5.99 lakh

Fiat Avventura 1.4 P Dynamic: Rs 7.05 lakh

Fiat Avventura 1.3 D Active: Rs 6.89 lakh

Fiat Avventura 1.3 D Dynamic: Rs 7.65 lakh

Fiat Avventura 1.3 D Emotion: Rs 8.17 lakh

(All prices are ex-Showroom, New Delhi)

Photograph: Kind Courtesy, Fiat

The car is available in petrol as well diesel engines. The 1.4-litre petrol engine produces 88.73 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 115 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm, and the 1.3-litre diesel makes 91.6 bhp at 4,000 rpm and 209 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. Both come with a 5-speed manual transmission.

Based on the Punto Evo, the Avventura sees a slight increase in length, width and height. This is due to the toughened up bumpers which get skid guards, the side body cladding, and the roof rails complemented by the increased ground clearance.

Inside, a soft-touch dashboard, an inclinometer and a compass are features exclusive to the Avventura. The cabin’s layout and design otherwise is identical to the Punto Evo.

Photograph: Kind Courtesy, Fiat

Here is a close look at the features and specifications of the Punto-based crossover.

Length: 3,989 mm

Width: 1,706 mm

Height: 1,542 mm

Wheelbase: 2,510 mm

Ground Clearance: 205 mm

Boot capacity: 280 litres

Fuel tank Capacity: 45 litres

Photograph: Kind Courtesy, Fiat

Engine and Gearbox

Petrol Engine Option: 1.4-litre 16v DOHC four-cylinder petrol with 90 PS (88.73 bhp) @ 6,000 rpm and 115 Nm of torque @ 4,500 rpm; ARAI mileage at 14.4 kmpl; 1,190-1,195 kg kerb weight.

Diesel Engine Option: 1.3-litre 16v DOHC four-cylinder diesel with 93 PS (91.69 bhp) @ 4,000 rpm and 209 Nm of torque @ 2,000 rpm; ARAI mileage at 20.5 kmpl; 1,240-1,255 kg kerb weight.

All engines get a 5-speed manual transmission.

Photograph: Kind Courtesy, Fiat

Suspension, Brakes & Tires

Front: Independent Wheel Suspension with McPherson Struts, Helical Coil Springs, Double Acting Telescopic Dampers and Stabiliser Bar

Rear: Torsion Beam, Helical Coil Springs and Double Acting Telescopic Dampers

Ventilated discs at the front, drum brakes at the rear

Tyres: 205/55 R16 specification

Photograph: Kind Courtesy, Fiat

Safety Features

  • Dual front airbags with passenger side deactivation system
  • ABS with EBD
  • Auto door lock
  • Central locking and immobilizer
  • Height-adjustable seatbelts and driver’s seat

Exterior Features

  • Rear spoiler
  • Skid guards
  • External spare wheel
  • Body cladding
  • Roof rails
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Front and rear foglights

Photograph: Courtesy, Fiat

Interior Features

  • Electrically adjustable wing mirrors
  • Front and rear power windows
  • Tilt steering
  • 60:40 folding rear seat
  • Integrated CD/MP3/FM player with Microsoft Blue & Me, Voice Commands, Bluetooth, USB, AUX-in and steering integrated controls
  • Trip meter with distance to empty
  • Automatic AC with rear AC vents
  • Foldable key
  • Inclinometer and compass

Photograph: Kind Courtesy, Indian Autos Blog

Here is a spec-sheet comparison of the Fiat Avventura against its rivals, the VW Cross Polo and the Toyota Etios Cross.

In terms of dimensions, the Avventura is clearly the longest at 3,989 mm followed by the Cross Polo at 3,987 mm. In the height and width department, the Etios Cross clearly beats the Avventura, and the Cross Polo is the slimmest and shortest in its segment.

Thanks to its length, the Avventura’s wheelbase is the longest in its class, and the Toyota and the VW are nearly evenly matched at 2,460 mm and 2,456 mm respectively. The Cross Polo has the largest boot at 294 litres, followed by the Avventura’s 280 litres, and the Etios’s 251 litres.

Coming to the engines, we have compared the diesel variants of all cars. The 1.3-litre engine in the Fiat makes it the most powerful on paper at 93 PS, and the higher displacement 1.5-litre in the VW makes 90 PS.

Photograph: Kind Courtesy, Fiat

The Toyota, despite its 1.4-litre engine, makes the least amount of power and torque at 68 PS and 170 Nm respectively. The Cross Polo is the torque-iest of the lot at 230 Nm. It also has the best power to weight ratio in its segment.

The detuned nature of the Toyota’s engine helps it perform better in the efficiency department, where it achieves a class-leading 23.59 kmpl. The Cross Polo and Avventura average 20.14 kmpl and 20.5 kmpl respectively.

In terms or price, the Avventura has the least starting price, undercutting the Etios Cross by Rs 1,000. However, the top-end Emotion trim is a full Rs 27,000 pricier than the Cross Polo and Rs 77,000 more expensive than the Etios Cross.

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