After a long delay, it seems Fiat India is finally set to introduce Abarth brand with the launch of Abarth 595 Competizione in India. This time it appears that Fiat would stick to its cut-off date because Fiat India’s website is showing a teaser of its hot hatch Fiat Abarth 500 Competizione 595 suggesting that the launch is around the corner. Apart from launching Abarth 595 Competizione, Fiat will launch Jeep brand in India this year.
It has not been the fairy tale story for Fiat in India as they struggled to target the mass car buyers in the country. Fiat has not been able to deliver the brilliant products like Hyundai and Maruti, so as a result of it the company has not been able to establish itself as a dominating brand in India. In 2014 Fiat launched new Linea and Punto Evo followed by Avventura Crossover but none of them able to delivered the expected result.
The Fiat 595 Competizione is high performance variant of 500 Abarth and will be getting a 1.4L T-jet petrol motor delivering 158bhp power and 230Nm of peak torque, likely to be paired with a manual transmission and an automated manual transmission (AMT).
The 2-door hatchback is 3657mm long, 1627mm wide and 1485 tall with a power to weight ratio of 155Ps/tone.
The Exterior of Abarth 595 features door handles, radiator grille with graphite finish, roof mounted rear spoiler, racy graphics, twin exhaust pipes, 17 inch alloy wheels shod etc. On the inside, 595 Competizione gets sport interiors such as sabelt race belts, flat bottom steering wheel, sporty seats, sunroof and boost gauge with gear shift indicator.
The Fiat 595 Competizione with its powerful performance and go kart like dynamics will certain attract enthusiasts and will carry the premium price tag of around Rs. 27-30 lakh since it will be brought via CBU route. The Fiat 595 Competizione will be launched during the June-July period and expected to be pitched against Mini Cooper S.
The launch of Abarth 595 Competizione will start the sequence of launches from Fiat as they will bring performance variants of Avventura, Punto followed by new Linea.