Your first look at the Fiat Avventura

The car that you see in the picture here (and in the ones that follow) is Fiat's newest offering, the Avventura, which is actually a Fiat Punto that's gone down the so-far-not-very-popular route of a hatch turning into a "cross"-dresser. Like Volkswagen's Cross Polo and Toyota's Etios Cross, this too is a hatchback that's trying real hard to come through as a SUV. This one, though, is a more serious effort than any other small car that has been (unwillingly) pushed into this segment till date.

The Avventura is mostly a Punto Evo, but as you can see, the exteriors have been reworked a fair bit, there's lots of plastic cladding, with the spare wheel mounted on the boot lid. Inside, apart from a steering wheel, a dash, seats (draped in a new combination of leatherette and fabric, remember) there's a compass, along with a "clinometer", which tells you the exact angle of the slope you're on. It's even got 205mm of ground clearance, which is 10mm more than the Punto.

There will be two engines on offer: the 1.4-litre, 89bhp petrol, and the 1.3-litre, 92bhp diesel, mated to a five-speed manual. Since this is based on the top-of-the-line Punto Evo, expect ABS, airbags, climate control, music system, alloys and all else as standard.

And yes. It will be more expensive than the Punto Evo.

Click on to see more of the Avventura, and do check back for our drive report, which will be up soon.