The wait is finally over! Fiat has launched its performance brand Abarth by introducing Abarth 595 Competizione in India, priced at Rs. 29.85 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). We all have been waiting for this car to get launched for ages now; it was first showcased at 2014 auto expo and since then everyone was waiting for its launch and finally our patience has paid off. The new car will mark the entry of Abarth brand in the country which will witness the launch of cars like Punto and Avventura Abarth under this brand.
The Fiat Abarth 595 Competizione is only available with one variant which is priced at Rs. 29.85 lakh and it takes on Mini Cooper in the country, priced between Rs. 31.8-34.6 lakh.
Note- All the prices are of ex-showroom Delhi.
Fiat 595 Competizione is the first product to wear “Abarth” badge in India and comes powered by more powerful engine as compared to Fiat 500. The performance hatchback uses a 1.4L T-Jet 1368cc, four cylinder turbo petrol engine which churns out a healthy dose of 158bhp [email protected] and 230Nm of max torque between 2750-3000rpm with ‘sport mode’. The engine is available with a “normal mode’ which brings down the torque to 206Nm.
The engine is paired to a 5-speed automated manual (AMT) gearbox with steering mounted paddle shifters and comes with two driving modes- D (drive) and S (sport). The Competizione is capable of performing 0-100 km sprint in just 7.6 seconds while offering 205km/hr as top speed.
Space and Dimensions:
The Pocket size dynamo weighs just 1045kgs and measures 3657mm long, 1627mm wide, 1485mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2300mm. The three door hatchback has a seating capacity of five persons and rides on minimal 146mm of ground clearance.
Exterior and Interior:
The exterior design is inspired from Fiat 500 hatch which comes with some cosmetic upgrades to give it a distinct identity from the standard model. The features which differentiate the new model from the previous one are sport front and rear bumpers, round Xenon headlamps, U shaped front grille, side decals, sporty side skirts, five spoke 17 inch alloy wheels with Pirelli PZero Tyres, twin Monza quad exhausts at rear and racing strips on the bonnet. There is a blackened roof top, Abarth badging, ORVMs finished in dark grey color, integrated roof spoiler to make it more unique than its previous model.
Open the door, step inside the cabin and you’ll we welcomed by never seen before sporty interiors. As for the gizmos and features the car comes with manual climate control, electric sunroof, 7 inch TFT display but no touchscreen or navigation, blue & me hands free system with USB and a flat bottom steering wheel. The entire cabin is decorated with red and black color shade with racing seats getting contrast stitching and also aluminum pedals, bespoke floor mats, boost gauge and graphite finished dashboard gives car the sportier look.
The Fiat Abarth 595 Competizione is available with four paint schemes which are Cordolo Red, Scorpione black, Campovolo Grey and Iridato White. The car looks great in all the color shades except Cordolo red which looks a bit peculiar.
Fiat has equipped Abarth 595 Competizione with some premium safety features like four piston aluminum fixed brake calipers, seven airbags, Copal front and Koni rear suspension with FSD (frequency selective damping) function, torque transfer control (TTC), rear parking sensors, self ventilated front disc brakes, Anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic slip differential and electronic brake force distribution (EBD).
Fiat Abarth 595 Competizione competes with only other premium hatchback in the country Mini Cooper but as per its price it will lock its horns with Mercedes-Benz A-class and upcoming Volkswagen Beetle. The exterior design has nothing to excite while the only good thing we come across is the engine of Abarth 595 along with an AMT. So let the sales numbers speak for the new performance hatchback.
|Comparison of Fiat Abarth 595|