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Bravo for Fiat's new range.

Byline: By Steve Hughes

The wheel of fortune is turning full circle for Fiat following the success of the Grande Punto model and the impending arrival of the acclaimed new Bravo range.

Fiat has released full details of the new Bravo range now in the hope that loyal customers will hang on just a few more weeks for its arrival rather than switching to rival brands.

The company says that the new Bravo will combine a compact five-door body with a remarkable amount of interior space.

There is a wide choice of engines including 1.9-litre turbodiesel MultiJets of 120 and 150bhp, a 1.4-litre petrol unit developing 90bhp and a new family of 1.4-litre turbocharged T-JET petrol engines of 120 and 150bhp that will be making their debut, combining low fuel consumption with high performance.

In the meantime there are some truly remarkable deals to be had on the Stilo hatchback and Multiwagon, with discounts of up to pounds 2,000 on some models.

Another popular model in he Fiat stable is the Panda range, which has just gained a new flagship version.

The arrival of the Panda 100HP boosts the UK range to nine models with a choice of Active, Dynamic, Dynamic Aircon, Dynamic Sky Dome, Eleganza, Alessi, 4x4 and 100HP trim and equipment models.

There is now a choice of four engines comprising the 1.3-litre 16-valve 70bhp MultiJet turbodiesel plus three petrol engines.

These are the 8-valve 54bhp 1.1-litre, the 8-valve 60bhp 1.2-litre and a new 100bhp version of Fiat's 1.4 litre 16-valve petrol engine, which powers the new Panda 100HP. Both 1.1 and 1.2 litre petrol engines and the 1.3 litre turbodiesel are mated to five-speed manual gearboxes whilst the new 100bhp 1.4 litre petrol unit in the Panda 100HP is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

The Panda 4x4 uses a variable torque distribution four-wheel drive transmission system. Dualogic, which is a clutchless, five-speed sequential manual shift with a selectable fully automatic mode, is an optional transmission on all 2WD 1.2 litre 8-valve models.

The new Panda 100HP is recognisable as the sporting 'flagship' of the 2007 model year line-up with a revised exterior design which features new front and rear bumpers and enlarged wheel arches which flair into new sideskirts. A chrome exhaust tail pipe, body-coloured door handles and wing mirrors, front fog lights and a tailgate spoiler are fitted and there are 15-inch alloy wheels shod with fat rubber.

Inside there is a sporting, dark grey dashboard and black and grey upholstery and trim.

A leather steering wheel and gear knob, height adjustable driver's seat, split/folding rear seats, automatic climate control, Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity and a new 'Sport' button for improved steering and throttle sensitivity are standard.

The Panda 100BHP costs pounds 9,995 whilst the rest of the range costs from pounds 6,890 for the 1.1 Active to pounds 9,495 for the Panda 4x4.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 23, 2007
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