The word ‘Adventure’ gets a whole new connotation when Fiat Avventura comes along as a sturdy vehicle in a whole new segment called the Contemporary Urban Vehicle (CUV). It straddles over two genres – crossover and compact SUV, and pits itself against worthies like Ford EcoSport, Volkswagen Cross Polo, and Toyota Etios Cross respectively. Unveiled at the Auto Expo at the beginning of this year in Delhi, it was a cynosure of all eyes.
This CUV is poised to enter the Indian auto market in three trim levels viz., Active, Dynamic and Emotion signifying the entry, mid and top-end variants. All the three trims are available in diesel whereas only the entry and mid level trims carry the petrol fuel option. The diesel run variants are driven by a 1.3 litre multijet diesel powertrain and the petrol ones carry a 1.4 litre FIRE powertrain under their hoods. Moreover, a 5 speed manual transmission gearbox forms part of both the engines. The petrol run trims are priced Rs.5,99,064 and Rs.7,05,066 whereas the diesel ones are priced Rs.6,89,065, Rs.7,65,064 and Rs.8,17,065 (all Ex Showroom, Delhi) respectively.
Courting the design cues of Punto Evo, this CUV projects an overall sporty and aggressive demeanour. The front fascia holds a curvaceous bonnet surrounded by two projector styled headlamps. The bonnet touches the black hued radiator grille embossed with a horizontal chrome slat. The logo of the company sits pretty at the top of the grille. An expansive air dam surrounded by twin fog lamps forms a part of the bumper that finely meshes with the well sculpted fenders. The sides have black coloured protective mouldings and look rugged with 16 inches alloy wheels. The rear exudes a dynamic stance thanks to a strategically placed covered spare wheel, wide tail lamps and a brake lamp fitted spoiler. A pair of sturdy roof rails completes the overall rugged appeal.
A dual tone dashboard forms the centrepiece of the cabin along with fabric upholstered seats (the rear in a 60:40 split ratio for additional space). The illuminated instrument cluster on the dash has gauges providing detailed parameters of the vehicle. The central console carries a music system that adjusts its volume according to the ambient engine noise. A number of utility fitments enhance the plush appeal of the CUV in the form of cup holders, AC/heater unit with rear vents, reclining front seats, front sun visor, and glove box compartment.
The diesel trims run on a 1.3 litre 4 cylinder 16V multijet diesel engine displacing 1248cc of air. The engine produces a peak power and torque value of 91.7bhp at 4000rpm and 209Nm at 2000rpm. The petrol run trims on the other hand, run on a 1.4 litre 4 cylinder 16V FIRE engine displacing 1368cc of air. It produces a peak power and torque value of 88.7bhp at 6000rpm and 115Nm at 4500rpm. The mileages churned out by both power mills are 20.3kmpl (diesel) and 14.4kmpl (petrol) respectively.
Assurance of safety
Disc and drum brakes for the front and rear wheels form the braking mechanism that also includes ABS and EBD functions (for top-end variant only). Moreover, features like central locking, seat belts, engine immobilizer, and a fire prevention system further enforce the safety net. The top end provides for front dual airbags too. Also, travelling on rutted mountainous roads is rendered smooth due to the presence of a front independent McPherson strut and a rear Torsion beam type suspension system.
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