Italian car maker Fiat unveiled the Punto Avventura at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. It will compete against the likes of Volkswagen Cross Polo and upcoming Toyota Etios Cross. Based on the Punto platform, the Avventura crossover shares most of its styling cues with its hatchback sibling. With this, the Italian automaker will officially mark its entry into the growing compact crossover category. It was speculated to be named as Punto Adventure, but Fiat opts for Italian name Avventura which means Adventure.
Fiat Punto Avventura Exteriors
The overall dimension of the crossover is similar to that of Punto hatchback; however it gets body cladding all around while the ground clearance of this model has been increased to offer sporty road presence. The front fascia of the crossover gets sleek headlights which extend towards the side of hood (Sweptback headlamps). It sports mesh grille and large air intake which have been separated via a silver colour plate. A silver colour plate is also positioned below the air intake which also offers a space for fog lamps and LEDs to provide clear visibility in foggy conditions.
The side profile of the Avventura crossover looks identical to the Punto hatchback; however it looks larger in size thanks to the body cladding, higher ground clearance and large wheels. The black colour moulding on the side has Avventura embosses on it. Its flared wheel arches have been fitted with alloy wheels; however, the lower spec models are likely to get black coloured steel wheels.
The rear profile of the Avventura crossover gets a completely new bumper and a rear wheel mounted on an independent swing arm on the book that further enhance the cross hatchback appeal. It is equipped with a dual exhausts and tail lamp assembly with LEDs.
Fiat Avventura Interiors
The Avventura shares its interiors with the Fiat Punto; however, it gets some additional features. The interiors of the crossover concept complement its exteriors. It features bright orange accents around the dashboard and orange stitching that matches well with the dark grey and white fabric upholstery. This crossover sports three gauges over the AC vents. It is equipped with features such as climate control, cruise control and 2-DIN music system.
Fiat Punto Avventura Engine & Transmission
Fiat Avventura crossover will be offered in both petrol and diesel guise. While the petrol version will get the 1.4-litre FIRE petrol engine that produces 90bhp and 115Nm of top torque, the oil burner is expected to be powered by the 1.3-litre multi-jet engine that produces 92bhp and 209Nm of top torque. Both the engines are likely to be paired with a six-speed manual transmission gearbox which sends the power to front wheels.
Fiat Punto Avventura Expected Price and India launch
The Fiat Punto Avventura is likely to be priced in the range of Rs. 6.5 lakh to Rs. 9 lakh for the top spec diesel model. The exact launch date of the crossover is yet to be announced, but we expect it to be launched by the end of this year.