THE new five-door Fiat Bravo goes on sale in the UK on Saturday (June 30) signalling the manufacturer’s return to the second largest segment of the British market.
New Bravo has already been awarded a maximum five-star rating for adult occupant protection in the European New Car Assessment crash test programme. Achieving five stars for adult occupant safety, three stars for child protection and a further two for pedestrian protection, the new Fiat recorded 33 points, placing it among the leaders of its category in terms of passive, active and preventive safety.
The Bravo’s safety package includes a full range of braking, traction control and stability systems including: ABS anti-lock brakes, complete with electronic brakeforce distribution, ASR to limit wheel spin during acceleration, MSR to modulate engine brake torque whilst changing down, and ESP to control vehicle stability through bends. Vehicles fitted with ESP also benefit from hydraulic brake assistance and a hill holder function to facilitate smooth hill starts.
Twelve versions of the new five-door Bravo, priced from £10,995 for the 1.4 Bravo to £15,495 for the 1.9 MultiJet 150 Sport on-the-road, will be available from launch, embracing five trim levels - Bravo, Active, Active Sport, Dynamic and Sport.
Augmenting an interior design founded on the fundamental pre-requisites of ‘class-leading space, exemplary build quality, and visual and tactile sophistication’, the new Fiat’s equipment specification includes as standard: ABS anti-lock braking, remote central locking, driver and passenger front and side airbags, electric front windows, a CD player, Dualdrive electric power steering and ‘Follow Me Home’ headlamps.
The equipment package is further boosted by dual-zone climate control, cruise control, rain, parking and tyre pressure sensors, a SkyDome glass sunroof occupying almost the entire Bravo roof area, a CD system that can play MP3 files, and Blue & Me mobile phone and MP3 player connectivity with steering wheel controls.
The new Fiat goes on sale in the UK with a choice of five powerplants, one of which is an all-new 1.4 litre T-Jet 150 bhp turbocharged petrol engine, making its debut in the Bravo. Promising ‘excellent’ fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions, Fiat says the engine will prove particularly attractive in the fleet market.
The future addition to the range of a 120 bhp version of the new unit, with performance equal to or better than a conventionally aspirated 1.6 litre petrol engine, together with significant fuel consumption reductions, will increase the new Bravo UK model range to 15 versions later this year.
In addition, Bravo may be equipped with a 90 bhp version of Fiat’s 1.4 litre 16v Fire petrol engine, as well as 120 bhp 8v and 150 bhp 16v versions of the company’s 1.9 litre common-rail direct injection MultiJet turbodiesel. The 1.9 litre 8v 120 bhp is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, while all other engines are mated to six-speed manual transmissions.