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2010-07-30 09:16
Fiat is shaking up its Bravo range for 2010, announcing changes to the line-up as well as minor cosmetic tweaks to the stylish hatchback.

Fiat SA has used Bravo’s mid-life pause to also streamline the hatchback offering in South Africa. Gone are the 88-kW 1.4 T-Jet and 110-kW 1.9 Multijet models – a 110-kW 1.4 T-Jet continues as the Bravo Sport.

Thankfully, the vibrant 1.4-litre turbocharged engine remains in place, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and packaged with the devilish Sport button on the centre console, allowing for the overboost function that releases 230 Nm at 3 000 r/min (rather than 206 Nm at 2 000 r/min...).

Fiat quotes a 0 – 100 km/h sprint time of 8.2 seconds for the Bravo Sport and a top speed of 212 km/h, while returning an average fuel consumption on the combined cycle of 7.1 l/100 km.

Aesthetic changes to the Bravo Sport have been kept to a minimum. They include a new grille with a metallic finish, smoked headlamps and clear indicators and two new colours described as “an unusually shiny mid-tone silver” (that’s Tempesta Grey) and a “creamy bronze” called Ballad Pearl.

Changes hidden from view include suspension that has been adjusted towards the comfortable end of the ride quality spectrum, while improved insulation means this Bravo Sport should also be quieter at speed.

Adjustments to the interior are only reflected in the door panels, which now incorporate reflectors, and the addition of a headrest for the middle passenger on the rear bench.

As before, the standard list of kit is rather extensive, including a rear spoiler, side skirts, cornering foglamps, 17-inch alloys, MP3 compatible audio system and sports seats with lumbar support for the driver along with the regular fare.

Safety equipment includes ABS with EBD, ESP stability control with traction control and Hill Holder, and six airbags.

The new Fiat Bravo Sport costs R239 900 and comes standard with a five-year/90 000 km service plan. Service intervals are 30 000 km.

A year’s AA Fleetcare roadside assistance is thrown in for good measure.

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