New Delhi: Fiat has launched the Abarth Punto hatchback and the Abarth Avventura crossover in India at Rs 9.95 lakh (ex-Delhi). The Fiat Abarth Punto uses a 1.4-litre T-Jet turbo petrol engine with a DOHC setup that churns out 145PS of power and 212Nm of torque.
The Fiat Abarth Avventura uses the same engine but has been detuned to produce 140PS and 210Nm. These engines are being imported by Fiat and are part of the same family of Abarth engines used in the Linea T-Jet and 595 Competizione.
Both cars get disc brakes all around with ABS and EBD while independent Helical coil springs are used in the front and a torsion beam with Helical coil springs are used at the rear.
While the Fiat Abarth Punto has been lowered by 30mm, the Abarth Avventura retains the ride height of the stock variant at 205mm. While both cars get new 16-inch Scorpion wheels, the Fiat Abarth Punto will run 195/55 R16 tyres, the Abarth Avventura gets 205/55 R16 tyres.
On the outside, both cars get Abarth badging in place of the Fiat badges and dual tone decals with Abarth’s scorpion logos all around. The interior of the Abarth Punto Evo and Abarth Avventura get minor changes like new upholstery with added support and Abarth detailing.
The two new products are part of the company’s revival strategy plans in India where it has been struggling to win consumers.
“All these are part of the jigsaw that we are putting together. We are understanding what is needed for Fiat to be great again in India,” Fiat Chrysler Automobiles India President and Managing Director Kevin Flynn said.
He said the Abarth Punto is designed indigenously and is a “homegrown, home engineered” product that is targeted at racing enthusiasts.
The Abarth Punto, powered by a 1.4 litre petrol engine, delivers power of 145 hp.
Flynn said the company is also widening and strengthening its product portfolio with the introduction of Avventura powered by Abarth, also powered by a 1.4 litre petrol engine with a power of 140 hp.
“We are confident that these two new category defining models from Fiat stable would catch the fancy of car enthusiasts and perk up sales during the festive season,” Flynn added.
Stating that India forms a “massive part” of the company’s plans, he said, “we are really determined to bring more upmarket products here.”
In August this year, the company launched its premium sports hatchback Abarth 595 Competizione priced at Rs 29.85 lakh.
In July, Fiat Chrysler announced it would invest USD 280 million (over Rs 1,780 crore) in its manufacturing joint venture with Tata Motors to support production of Jeep model which is expected to roll out in the second quarter of 2017.
Ranjangaon, Maharashtra, will be the fourth plant outside the US for volume production of Jeep vehicles. Jeep branded vehicles are currently manufactured in Italy and Brazil and the company will begin production in China in the fourth quarter of 2015.
At present, Fiat has a capacity to produce 1.35 lakh cars per annum from the plant. In 2014, Fiat Chrysler had announced plans to launch 12 models in India in five years.
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