October 19, 2015: Fiat India has launched the Abarth Punto Evo and Avventura powered by Abarth, which happens to be its steroid infused hatchback and crossover. Powering these ‘Scorpion Stung’ cars is a 1.4-litre turbocharged T-Jet petrol unit that churns out 145 BHP in Abarth Punto and 140bhp in Avventura. Unlike its elder sibling, the 595 Competizione, the cars get a 5-speed manual transmission and hit the 100 kmph mark from a standstill in under 8.8 seconds (Punto) and 9.9 seconds (Avventura).
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In a surprise move, Fiat India has officially rolled out two new products in the automobile market. These are the highly anticipated Fiat Abarth Avventura, which is launched along with the Abarth version of Punto EVO. For now, this model series is available only in one trim and is equipped with a 1.4-litre T-Jet petrol motor. The manufacturer claims that the vehicle can travel a distance of 1 kilometer in a lightening fast time span of just 31.8 seconds, which is incredible. This contemporary urban vehicle looks no different from the existing version of Avventura. The only difference that we can notice is that the fenders are paired with scorpion sting design alloy wheels featuring company's emblem on it. This along with the powerful engine are the only factors, which distinguishes it from the rest of the versions. To talk about the exteriors, it has black colored side moldings and lower skirts all round that renders it a crossover look. Adding to this, a tailgate mounted spare wheel with cover provides a sporty appeal to it from the side facet. The insides of this vehicle have been borrowed from the existing version, which have dual tone dashboard amplified by ambient lighting scheme. It also gets a conventional instrument panel featuring all the functions necessary to keep the driver informed. There are facilities like digital trip meter, tachometer, trip calculator and various other warning lights installed in this panel. As for the comfort section, it gets all the features of the 'Emotion' trim, which explains about the level of conveniences inside. There are facilities like automatic climate control unit, follow-me home headlamps, steering mounted audio controls and driver seat height adjuster that takes the comfort to a newer heights. Also there is an in-car entertainment system featuring Bluetooth and other connectivity features enabling for seamless audio streaming.
Coming to the safety section, this vehicle is bestowed with fire prevention system, which is perhaps the best-in-class and a common feature in most of Fiat models. Along with this, there are airbags featuring early crash sensors, which explains about the safety levels of this vehicle. The manufacturer has also gave importance to the braking mechanism by incorporating ABS and EBD programs,which allows for a safer and stress-free driving experience. Currently positioned in the premium segment, this vehicle competes with the likes of Volkswagen Cross Polo in the Indian automobile market. Like other Fiat models, it is available with a standard warranty of 3 years or 100,000 kilometers.
It comes with a rigid body structure that is equipped with some striking attributes. To describe its front facade, there is a large windscreen with a couple of intermittent wipers. The bonnet looks attractive with some expressive lines over it. The headlight cluster is trendy is design and features high intensity lamps as well as turn indicators. This surrounds the radiator grille, which is bold in appearance and comes with a thick chrome surround. The stylish bumper has an air dam and a pair of fog lamps fitted to it. On the sides, there are black B-pillars, body colored door handles and outside rear view mirrors as well. The side body cladding has the name "Avventura" embossed on it. And, there are a modish set of 16 inch Scorpion alloy wheels fitted to its wheel arches that further improves its appearance. Coming to its rear end, there are well designed tail lamps and a wide windshield including defogger, and wiper with washing function. The tail gate has a spare wheel cover affixed on it, while the bumper is integrated with bright fog lamps. Besides these, it has functional roof racks that gives it a complete look.
This vehicle is built with an overall length of 3989mm and has a width of 1706mm (excluding outside rear view mirrors). It has a total height of about 1542mm, while the ground clearance comes to nearly 205mm. Meanwhile, its wheelbase is pretty large and measure 2510mm.
It is designed with a spacious internal section that is packed with high quality plastic materials. The cabin is decorated in a 2-tone color scheme, while the ambient lighting makes its insides look beautiful. There is premium fabric used on the door trims, armrests and for seats. The cockpit has a modernistic theme and features a smooth dashboard that is fitted with some equipments. These include an instrument cluster, glove box, steering wheel and a stylish center console that is integrated with an AC unit and a music system. Both the steering wheel as well as gear shift knob are wrapped with leather upholstery. Also, it is incorporated with air vents that functions by spreading cool air in the entire cabin. The seats are very well cushioned and even offer great support. These come along with headrests, which are adjustable at front. The driver's seat has height adjustment facility and the rear seat can be foldable. There are sunvisors provided at front with vanity mirror on the co-passenger side. In addition to these, it is also bestowed with elements like assist grips, drink holders, map pockets, external temperature display, and a few others.
This model is bestowed with a long list of comfort features that makes the drive quite comfortable to its passengers. Both its front and rear windows are power operated, while there is delay and auto down function at front. It rear seat comes with 60:40 split folding facility that allows to bring in more luggage inside. The driver's seat comes with height adjustment facility, which is a plus point. The outside rear view mirrors are electrically adjustable, while it has desmodronic folding key with boot release. An advanced air conditioning unit is installed through which, the temperature inside can be controlled as per the requirement. A 12V power socket is also available using which, electronic devices and mobile phones can be charged. Besides these, it also has front intermittent wipers, air vents, assist grips, and a tilt adjustable steering wheel that adds to their convenience. The instrument cluster gives up-to-date information about the vehicle by displaying various notifications. These include odometer, digital tripmeter, distance to empty indicator, real time mileage indicator, service reminder and a tachometer as well. In addition to all these, there is also a digital clock, boot lamp, automatic climate control, foot level rear air circulation, electric boot release, and a few others that further increases the level of comfort.
This crossover utility vehicle has generous interior dimensions and this indicates to enhanced passenger convenience. A total of five people can be seated inside, whom are guaranteed with ample head, shoulder and leg room too. It has ample boot compartment and this space can be further increased by folding its rear seat. In addition to this, it comes with a huge fuel tank that holds around 45 litres of petrol in it.
Every figure with regards to its specifications is a surprise for the auto enthusiasts. No one had expected that this vehicle could reach a 100Kmph mark in a matter of just 9.9 seconds. With such capable figures, this compact crossover can reach a top speed of 180 Kmph by traveling 1 kilometer distance in just 31.8 seconds only.
This version of Avventura is equipped with a powerful 1.4-litre T-Jet petrol engine, which is also equipped to the Punto Abarth. However, this mill releases 5bhp of less power as compared to that hatch. It is a 4-cylindered mill based on DOHC valve configuration and it displaces 1368cc. Integrated with a multi-point fuel injection system, this mill delivers optimum performance. It is capable of producing an immense power of 140bhp that results in a pounding torque of 210Nm. This output is distributed to the front wheels with the help of a five speed manual gearbox mated with the engine.
It is a pleasant surprise for the auto enthusiasts, since the vehicle generates immense power, without comprising in terms of fuel efficiency. Its MPFI fuel supply system is one of the reasons why it is capable of delivering a mileage of 17.1 Kmpl, which is unbelievable.
The 1.4-litre T-Jet petrol engine under its hood developed by Fiat has 4-cylinders along with 16-valves. This mill is tuned by the manufacturer that resulted in a maximum power output of 140bhp complimented by an insane torque of 210Nm.
One of the advanced elements it carries is an audio unit, which is operated through controls mounted on its steering wheel. It is integrated with a CD, MP3 player and has FM radio tuner as well. This unit even supports USB port and auxiliary input options. Also, it has Bluetooth connectivity with music streaming, and call functions. Voice recognition and SMS readout facility are also available. Another feature is its speed sensing volume controls that makes it more convenient by adjusting the volume by figuring out the vehicle's speed. Apart from these, there are various other accessories that the owners can opt for, if required. Some of these include a music system with a high resolution touchscreen display including navigation system. They can even select attractive body graphics, leather seat covers, and many others elements in terms of styling and comfort.
It is bestowed with a reliable braking system that comprises of sturdy disc brakes on all its four wheels. This mechanism is further improved by anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution system. The suspension system too is highly proficient, which aids in keeping it stable irrespective of road conditions. The front axle has been affixed with an independent wheel, whereas the rear one is assembled with a torsion beam. Both these are further fitted with helical coil springs, double acting telescopic dampers and stabilizer bars that makes the drive free from jerks. On the other hand, it is incorporated with a hydraulic power assisted steering system that has tilt adjustment function. Not only this gives a precise response, but also simplifies maneuverability in any road condition.
This crossover is packed with various important aspects that ensures passenger protection to a large extent. It is equipped with anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution, which prevents skidding even at times of sudden braking. There are smart dual stage airbags available at front that come with early crash sensors and passenger airbag deactivation function. It has three point ELR seat belts for all occupants with pretensioners and load limiters. These even have height adjustment facility at front. The fire prevention system is one of the key attributes that is activated in case of a crash. This comes with an inertia switch using which, the supply of fuel its engine can be stopped. The advanced engine immobilizer with rolling code prevents any unauthorized entry into the vehicle. With the central locking option, all doors can be easily locked at the push of a button. Aside from these, it also includes rear defogger, door open indicator, high mount stop lamp, automatic door lock and height adjustable front seat belts that adds to the safety quotient.
A modish set of 16-inch 'Scorpion' alloy wheels are equipped to its flared up wheel arches that further enhances the look of its side profile. The firm has used high performance tubeless tyres to cover these rims. These radials guarantee strong grip on all surfaces besides making the drive comfortable and safe. Not just this, but a spare wheel is also fitted to the tail gate, which the owners can use if any of its tyres go flat.
1. Acceleration and pickup are quite good.
2. Striking exteriors with remarkable design elements.
3. Reliable braking and suspension mechanisms.
4. Plush interiors with excellent cabin space.
5. Its ground clearance is impressive.
1. More comfort features can be added.
2. After sales service network needs to improve.
3. Low fuel economy is a disadvantage.
4. Cabin decoration can be more striking.
5. Absence of leather seat covers is a minus point.
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