Fiat is on a bit of a roll at the moment. One of its engineering jewels is the new range of T-Jet petrol engines, combining turbocharging with direct injection and relatively low engine capacities to offer a decent blend of performance, fuel economy and emissions. We expect high-performance versions of this engine in the near future, but the biggest seller is thought to be a new 120bhp version, just announced for fitment in Fiat's stylish new Bravo hatchback.
The Bravo's closest rivals are quoted by Fiat as being the new Peugeot 308, the Renault Mégane, Ford Focus, SEAT Leon, Mazda3 and Toyota Auris and such is the confidence in the new car that the arrival of the new engine is accompanied by an increase across most of the range in price by £500, effective from October 1st.
Prices for the T-Jet 120 Bravo start at £12,895 for the Bravo Active, with the Active Sport at £13,595 and the Dynamic version at £13,995. At this stage the Sport tag is reserved for T-Jet 150 and MultiJet 150 models.