Remember the exciting Avventura Concept which Fiat had displayed at the Delhi Auto Expo last month? Well, it turns out that Fiat won’t be so gracious when they launch the car later this year. The production model of the Avventura was spotted testing for the first time around Pune’s Airport Road and it seems that Fiat has given the axe to many features which made the concept so brilliant. The car was camouflaged at the front and rear, which indicate the sections which get the cosmetic changes.
The Avventura is a crossover based on the Punto and uses the same platform as the hatchback. The mule spotted was sans the roof rails and body cladding which contributed to the concept’s rugged look. A small section of the redesigned tail lamps are visible in the spyshots and will also be seen in the Punto facelift. The Avventura will have a greater ground clearance than the Punto and will ride on bigger 16-inch wheels. Though a bump is visible on the tailgate, the spare wheel was missing in the mule. The front of the car is not visible in the spy pictures, though we expect a redesigned fascia for the car.
The engine lineup for the car is expected to be carried over from the Punto and will include the 1.3-litre Multijet diesel and the 1.4-litre petrol unit. While the former produces 75bhp and 197Nm of torque, the latter produces 89bhp and 115Nm of torque. The engine will power the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. The Avventura will be manufactured at Fiat’s manufacturing facility in Ranjangaon, Maharashtra with 85 per cent localisation and will also be exported to foreign markets.
The Avventura is expected to be launched in the second half of this year and will go up against Volkswagen Cross Polo and Toyota Etios Cross. Though the styling has been toned down from the glorified Avventura concept, we think that this model is one of the best looking cars in the segment. Given the limited interest this segment generates, the success of the Avventura will depend largely on its pricing strategy.