Fiat Avventura Urban Cross Launched At Rs 6.85 Lakh
Will it change things for Fiat India?
September 23, 2016: Fiat has launched the Urban Cross at a starting price of Rs 6.85 lakh which goes all the way up to Rs 9.85 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the top end trim. The vehicle can be pre-booked for a token amount of Rs 25,000, and it is expected to be slightly expensive than the Avventura. The Urban Cross is based on the Avventura crossover and it made its debut this year's Indian Auto Expo. The Urban Cross will have subtle differences over the Avventura, while the highlight would the missing rear-mounted spare wheel. Mechanically, the Urban Cross will be available with an Abarth-tuned 1.4-litre T-Jet motor, which musters 142PS @ 5,500rpm of max power and 210Nm of peak torque between 2000-4000rpm, and will be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Reportedly, Fiat will also offer the Urban Cross with the 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel, which puts out 93PS @ 4000rpm and 209Nm @ 2000rpm.
| 1.3 Multijet Active
1248 cc, Manual, Diesel, 14.4 kmpl
|Rs 6.85 Lakh*||
| 1.3 Multijet Dynamic
1248 cc, Manual, Diesel, 14.4 kmpl
|Rs 7.45 Lakh*||
| 1.4 T-Jet Emotion
1368 cc, Manual, Petrol, 14.4 kmpl
|Rs 9.85 Lakh*||
Barossa Premium Metallic
Hip Hop Black
|Variant||Mileage (City)||Mileage (Highway)|
|Diesel||11.2 kmpl||14.4 kmpl|
|Petrol||11.2 kmpl||14.4 kmpl|
Fiat India, the subsidiary of the Italian automobile firm is operating its business in the country for almost two decades. However, it never really managed to be successful in the country thanks to its obsolete model line-up and tough competition from the likes of Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai. Since two years, this firm is trying hard to break into the Indian market by launching new models and by updating its fleet. Now, at the 2016 Auto Expo, it pulled-off covers over the so called Fiat Avventura Urban Cross that managed to grab the attention of on-lookers. Based on the existing Fiat Avventura crossover, this newly unveiled model is said to be coming with two engine options. It is unclear when the product will be launched in the country, buy reports suggest that the vehicle will be ready for a launch in third quarter.
1. The external appearance of the concept Avventura Urban Cross looks stunning. It is a typical Italian car with great build quality.
2. Its interiors are spacious and seating seems comfortable.
1. Interior design lacks the sheer quality of a premium car.
1. It features a high resolution touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, USB and other standard equipments.
2. With 1.4-litre T-jet petrol engine under the hood, it can outperform all other performance cars in its class.
It is perhaps for the first time in India, Fiat has managed to steal the attention with its newly unveiled model. Although, the car is based on the Avventura, it looks evidently different from the existing one. It is most likely that the car maker will launch the product with two engine options. It is too early to speculate about the variant line-up or regarding the features that the car could come with. However, by looking at the company's moves since last two years, we can expect for a few surprises with this Urban Cross. It is most likely that the car would be launched in the festive season. Soon after its arrival, it would go against the likes of Volkswagen Cross Polo, Ford EcoSport and others in its class.
The exteriors of the Avventura Urban Cross is something that will surprise you. It is perhaps the best looking car designed by Fiat so far. Although, the design and its construction is based on the lines of Avventura crossover, it looks drastically different from the former. It has a build quality of a premium car that would certainly impress the auto lovers.
The front facade of the car has the semblance of other Fiat brand cars with intuitive design, perfect fit and finish. It looks bold and powerful thanks to the sporty bumper, headlight cluster and a distinctive new grille.
The headlight cluster has the similar design that can been seen in Punto Evo hatchback. What makes it look different is the distinctive lighting pattern. Its production version could house conventional lamps along with LED DRLs and turn blinkers.
The radiator grille has a hexagonal shape with a new diamond cut design, which is the most attractive factor of the car. We can see extensive amount of metallic garnish to the grille that elevates its sporty nature.
Unlike regular crossovers, this one comes with silver garnished sporty body kit that dresses-up the fenders and lower section of the car. These wheel arches have been paired with a set of alloy wheels that adds to its sporty characteristics.
The rear section of the car looks much alike Avventura, but with better build quality and finish. The rear windscreen is wider and is accompanied with a spoiler along with a third brake light. The boot-lid is garnished with the company's emblem along with the model's designation.
Like its headlight cluster, the rear light cluster too has a distinctive lighting pattern. Also, it can be seen with metallic inserts and LED turn indicators.
We have to admit that the car looked stunning at the auto show. It has everything that is needed to grab the attention of a young buyer.
This car shares its interior design with other Fiat cars, especially Punto EVO and Avventura cross. However, we can see extensive use of leatheratte material on the dashboard and seats that helped in bringing a rich appeal to the insides. The manufacturer seems to have focused on improving the quality of the insides with the use of glossy black and leather materials. However, poor plastic quality is something that spoiled all the hardwork. The dual tone gray and black colour scheme was a true stunner, in our opinion, and we felt a more youthly persona invoked by the set-up.
The steering wheel comes with a classic three spoke design, and the flat-bottom effect adds to the brilliant look. We also noticed multi-functional switches incorporated into it, and this is sure to ease the driver's load in many lengths.
The instrument cluster has been positioned within the field of sight of the driver, ensuring least disruption during the drive. Incorporated into the cluster is a tachometer, along with a speedometer, both of which come with well-designed, attractive dials that are sure to add a spark to the driver's experience. We thought the layout of the dashboard reflected a strong, sophisticated art, with a more modern structure for the centre console. The AC ducts are present over the console, and at the heart is the audio system display. The buttons for the system have been smeared around the display, and this builds up a more harmonious look in our opinion. Moving away from the centre console, the car's door panels have been graced with an eye catching design, and the finish adds to the resplendent allure. You're sure to love the contrasting colour schemes that stretch over the doorsides, making for a more artistic impression within the car. There are thin orange lines that circle the AC vents, and surround the centre console, and we thought this added a more spiced-up and distinctive effect for the entire place. Meanwhile, the ergonomically built seats are sure to come with fine fabric, and you can also keep your fingers crossed that the company would do the honour of giving leather upholstery.
As of now, we can't confirm anything about the vehicle, but as we followed online news sources, we found that the vehicle was likely to come with the same engine that powers the Fiat Abarth Avventura. The 1.4-litre T-Jet petrol engine is a decent performer, yielding a power of 138bhp at 5500rpm, along with a torque of 210Nm at 2000rpm to 4000rpm. We thought that specs spoke for themselves, but we've got to inform you that there are other vehicles in this segment that boast better characteristics. The engine's power is to be channelled through a 5-speed manual shifter, and we expect the shifting to be a rather smooth affair, giving this company's track record. As for the handling of the engine, we're unable to tell you about the engine's drive quality, for this vehicle has been kept well blanketed from the media and news outlets.
Ride and Handling:
Fiat has demonstrated a sound understanding of our country's road conditions, for as we drove other, closer models of the brand, we thought the overall quality was great. Bumps and jerks are sure to be expected, considering the untameable condition of Indian roads. We're happy to bet that this model will carry the same drive characteristics, except with very small nuances in the driving style. Strong discs would be worn at the front and rear wheels, and this is sure to ease out the stopping and cornering process. We hear rumours of other conventional drive programs such as the Anti-lock braking system, as well as the Electronic stability control, although we can't confirm these for sure. The chassis arrangement is usually left for no compromise, and you'd be safe to expect a McPherson strut at the front and a rigid Torsion beam at the rear, helping to cement a strong handling. We're willing to cast our hopes out that this vehicle's handling and overall drive quality goes further than most people would believe. With its well aligned dimensions, it's sure to be a pleasant experience to drive, with minimal discomforts and strains.
Airbags, seatbelts with pre-tensioners, a warning for open doors and unbuckled seatbelts, strong LED headlamps and many other strong facilities that strengthen safety could be expected. You could also hope for advanced techno programs to cement the safety quotient, preserving the overall ride stability and keeping the occupants both comfortable and at ease.
Variants and Verdict:
As for the variants, we are unable to chart out the exact trim levels. However, there obviously would be varying trim levels that come with a diverse range of features and differing price tags. All in all, we're sure that this is going to be one heck of a release, for it's already set ripples across the Indian car market. Like most other car-enthusiasts, we're more than happy to see vehicles like this enter the mainstream market. We'd be counting down the days for its launch to review its performance in the market, to see where it soars, and where it drops.
|Variants||New Delhi||Bangalore||Mumbai||Chennai||Pune||Hyderabad||Kolkata||Find On Road Price in Your City|
|1.3 Multijet Active |
|1.3 Multijet Dynamic |
|1.4 T-Jet Emotion |
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