Fiat presents its new models Fiat Brava
and Fiat Bravo
in 1995, as a replacements for the successful but aging Fiat Tipo.
Both models share the same mechanics and engines - Fiat Brava is a 5 door family hatchback, but Bravo is a 3 door car, oriented towards younger and sporty minded drivers.
The front of the both models is almost identical - the main differences are in the rear of the car - the shape of the trunk, tail lights, rear window.
Soon after it's launch the car became very popular and in 1996 Fiat Brava/Bravo is elected "Car of the Year in Europe".
The model is available with the following engines: - 1.4 (1370 cc, 80 hp, 12V), 1.6 (1581 cc, 103 hp, 16V), 1.8 (1747 cc, 113 hp, 16V) and the 2.0 engine ( 1998cc, 147 hp, 20V - only on Bravo HGT). There are also two turbo diesel engines - 1.9 TD (1910 cc, 75 hp and 100 hp).
Fiat Brava / Bravo features an excellent exterior and interior design and many extras. Most models are equipped with standard power windows and mirrors, central locking, power steering and brakes, driver air bag, car stereo, etc.
The car interior is spacious with a good visibility for the driver, the seats are comfortable and the soundproofing is on a high level. Unlike some older models Fiat, the quality of the assembly of Fiat Brava and Bravo is impressive. The trunk is quite large for a car of this class - with the rear seats removed the volume is over 1000 l.
Both models are front wheel drive, equipped with 5 - speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.
The Diesel engines on Fiat Brava / Bravo are very reliable and economical and they are among the best in its class.
The top model Fiat Bravo HDS has high performance engine 2.0 (147 hp) and standard ABS, ventilated front and rear disc brakes, sport suspension, alarm...
In 1999. there are some minor changes in the model. The exterior and interior design of the car is slightly changed. The diesel engines are replaced with a new
1.9 JTD (1910 cc, 104 and 99 hp) engine, the 1.4 12V motor is replaced by the more efficient 1.2 16V (1242 cc, 82 hp). The Bravo HGT model got a new more powerful 2.0 (20V 154hp) engine.