• Oct 26th 2006 at 9:30AM
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Fiat took the wraps off its new Bravo in Rome today before the company plans to offer the five-door hatch across Europe in the coming weeks. The Bravo returns to the market with a sleek and sexy Italian body that makes it appear far more expensive than the typical five-door hatches we're used to passing on U.S. roadways. The Italian automaker says the new car embodies the synthesis of Beauty and Substance. Its beauty is apparent, at least to us, and its substance can be found in a wide array of engines that includes two diesels based off of the company's 1.9-liter Multijet producing 120 and 150 bhp, a 90-bhp 1.4-liter gas engine, and two new turbocharged, 1.4-liter T-JET gas engines producing 120 and 150 bhp, respectively. Not much more information was presented on the Bravo, so we'll have to wait a little while longer to find out what substance fills the car's sexy shell, but we're more than happy to take in its style until then. The Bravo, of course, won't be sold in the U.S., which, quite frankly, is a shame.

More high resolution images and Fiat's completel press release can be found after the jump.

[Source: Fiat]

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World preview - Fiat Bravo: a perfect balance of Beauty and Substance
On January 29, the new Fiat Bravo will be presented to the international media in Rome, going on the market all over Europe in the following weeks.

The model is built in the Piedimonte S. Germano plant (Frosinone), and aims to become a benchmark in the most important segment of the European market. To achieve this goal, the Fiat Bravo has been designed and developed as the ideal synthesis of Beauty and Substance.

Beauty as the most up-to-date expression of Italian style

Developed by the Fiat Style Centre, the exterior design of the model is unmistakably 'Italian', another step forward in the development of the brand's new stylistic identity.

The new Bravo arouses emotions at first glance, and it welcomes driver and passengers aboard in a passenger compartment where they will appreciate the quality of the materials and the care dedicated to even the smallest detail.

The Fiat Bravo cleverly combines a compact five-door body with an extraordinary amount of interior roominess: it is 434 centimetres long, 179 cm wide, and 149 cm high, with a wheelbase of 2.6 metres, and a loading capacity of 400 litres that tops its class.

Substance in the form of an innovative, reliable, quality car

The Fiat Bravo aims to be a car of 'substance', thanks to a lavish array of technological features and quality standards worthy of a higher class where safety, comfort and driving enjoyment are concerned.

The Fiat Bravo is an agile car that is entertaining to drive in every situation, thanks in part to the wide choice of engines, which include the popular turbodiesel 1.9 Multijets (120 and 150 bhp), the 90 bhp 1.4, and a new family of turbocharged T-JET petrol engines (120 and 150 bhp 1.4 Turbo) that now make their debut, combining low consumption and outstanding performance.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      Finally someone in Fiat understood that 5 doors compact must be pretty to have success in the market. This car puts the 5 door Brava and 5 door Stilo where they should be from the beggining: in the trash.

      What a row of nice cars from Fiat: Panda, Grande Punto, Sedici, Bravo... c´mon, go for the minivan, the coupé and the SUV and Fait revival will be historic
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sweet Car!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like the Lancia Delta HPE Concept Car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Fiat is on the right way!Very nice car!I hope to see the new Alfa 149 and maybe redesigned Alfa GT from Fiat group as soon as posibble.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What great models Fiat is creating! And what great surprises are to come next years! Lancia Delta, 500, Alfa 149, Lancia Fulvia (maybe), Fiat Linea! Have you seen all these cars (except the 149, all the others are known)? ALL, I repeat: ALL are beautiful! Fiat manager Marchionne is a genius!
      • 8 Years Ago

      now in the US this could be a nice entering for FIAT

      GM should have stayed with FIAT and could have brought this car in the US for us
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sweet ride but I wonder what the interior looks like....
      • 8 Years Ago
      I really like this car, great lines, doesn't look like a rubberstamp japanese copy. Nice and clean.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Fiat keep running...and with this new car will be introduced the new logo. Bravo will be the first car with the new logo.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #4: Until now FIAT could not either. Fiat had nice small cars, very small cars and absolutely small cars, but no nice typical hatch that was able to compete against VW Golf, Opel Astra and Ford Focus. Remember: this car is the grand-grand-son of the legendary FIAT Ritmo/Regatta (called Strada in the US). It was followed by the Tipo/Tempra, Bravo/Brava and Stilo.

      This new Bravo is the first really attractive FIAT in this class.
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      I really like the design -- it has some subtle but innovative touches that give it a more upscale and dynamic look than is typical for a hatchback. The U.S. arm of GM or Ford couldn't pull off a small car design this nice.