Fiat has given the Bravo model a new version called MyLife that features improved equipment levels and several minor styling revisions that are aimed to appeal to European customers. While attention has been given to the newer versions of the 500 and Fiat-badged Chryslers, the other models in the range do need a booster. Only 44,850 units of the Bravo were sold last year while the leader in its segment, the Volkswagen Golf, sold 501,671 units.
The Bravo is set to be replaced with the crossover in 2013 so for the meantime, the Bravo MyLife models will have to do. They come in two colors: Distinct Grey and Superb Red. The upper and lower grilles have a glossy black finish and they also feature B-pillars and fog light framings, a set of new 16-inch two-tone wheels, and chromed door handles and grille borders.
The equipments that are offered as standard include the following: Fiat’s Blue&Me infotainment system with Instant Nav satellite navigation system, Bluetooth phone connectivity and USB ports for music devices, manual air conditioning, 6 airbags, ESP with Hill Holder function, fog lights with cornering function, leather covered steering-wheel and gearshift lever, and electric windows.
The 90 hp 1.4-liter petrol-burner is sold in Italy for €14,900. In combination with the Power Plus offer, the model that’s powered by the 1.6-liter 120 hp diesel is priced at €17,600. The Bravo MyLife also comes with the 1.4-liter T-Jet, which delivers 120hp, and the 1.4-liter Multiair Turbo, which develops 140hp and has the standard Start & Stop system.
The new Fiat Bravo features lines that do not only express an Italian design, but also provides a distinctive personality that’s shared within this family of vehicles. While the front end of the Fiat Bravo is greatly influenced by the design of Large Family vehicles, it basically integrates the so-called Italian essence, as seen on its sharp hood, narrow grill, poly-elliptical headlights, inclined windshield and lower air input. While the surfaces of the Fiat Bravo are broken by grooves, they still complement and balance each other – a characteristic typical of the members of the Fiat family. Meanwhile, the new Fiat Bravo boasts of aerodynamic and inclined forms as well as a high waistline that stylistically links the headlights and the rear.
All of these elements appear "to run" backwards, making it seem as if the Fiat Bravo is in constant motion. While the curved roof of the Bravo ends sharply, its line reappears on the rear window and continues to the waist. This was also true with the internal curvature of the windows, which, after being broken off by the rear column, reappears on the inferior border of the rear window.
On the rear, the new Fiat Bravo achieved a well-balanced design, thanks to the harmony between the window’s curved lateral line and curved shape of the lamps. Likewise, the rear end of the new Fiat Bravo features clean and curved planes, as accentuated by its embedded bumper. In creating stylistic solutions for the new Fiat Bravo, the Fiat Style Center made sure that there is excellent agreement between form and function. These solutions that defined the vehicle’s lines did not only make the Bravo a beautiful creation, but also resulted to a roomy and airy interior.
For instance, the height of the new Fiat Bravo allows for easy ingress and egress for all occupants while providing the needed space and aesthetics. As expected of Fiat, it carefully planned the interior of the Bravo to be more convenient and comfortable for its occupants. The Italian carmaker made sure to achieve great harmony between materials, textures, stamps, forms, and quality of finish. Moreover, Fiat paid special attention to minimizing noises and vibrations coming from the ground, the engine and the transmission assembly. By employing high quality materials and advanced techniques, Fiat ensured that the fittings between the components do not result to creaks or unpleasant noises.
Likewise, the carmaker provided the seats with adequate foam to absorb vibrations. It also offers excellent lumbar support to minimize fatigue. Moreover, the backrests of the seats were structured to ensure optimal occupant safety. Interestingly, the driver's seat features longitudinal adjustment with up to 22 settings while the guide has a 3-degree inclination. The driver’s seat slightly goes up when taken forward, with backrest featuring a continuous regulation of inclination.
All of these elements – along with the height and distance adjustment of the steering wheel – allow drivers of any stature to create their own ideal driving position. Moreover, the driver is given easy access to instruments and displays and is provided with great visibility of the road. In fact, the driver-oriented console allows the driver to look at something without taking eyes off the road. Also, the Fiat Bravia’s instrument panel featured amber lighted meters, which vary according to the version. For instance, the T-Jet version of the Bravia features a DOT MATRIX instrument panel with Blue&Me NAV or NAV Radio and comes complete with speedometer, tachometer, water temperature and fuel tank level indicators.
Indicators for date and time and external temperature as well as the total and partial odometers are found on a digital display placed at the center of the instrument panel. In addition, the Bravia is provided with a number of object holders on the doors and on the central part, including a lighted glove compartment. Customers could opt to have their Bravia specified with front armrest that could embed a refrigerated compartment for cans and bottles. The rear part of the cabin features three 3-point safety belts, winder, and three adjustable headrests. Since the Bravo has a 40/60 seat, the cargo capacity could be increased from 400 liters to 1,175 liters.