The new Bravo is an important model in Fiat’s revamped lineup and is key to the Italian carmaker expanding into more diverse markets. The one model will not only be spawning wagon and crossover variants, but possibly a new cabrio and MPV as well. This latest rendering reveals what the crossover version will likely be styled like when it finally hits the roads in late 2009.
The crossover is being co-developed with sister brand Alfa Romeo, which is developing its own premium version to tackle the upcoming Volkswagen Tiguan and Audi Q5. Unlike its rivals, the Bravo crossover is expected to be available in both FWD and AWD configurations and could even be big enough to seat seven.
Key features of the crossover will be its raised ride height, protective underbody panels and plastic side cladding and a new front bumper with integrated fog lights. Basic styling will be very similar to the Bravo hatch on which it’s based, but a longer wheelbase and wider track will undoubtedly give it more presence.
Production of the new model will be handled by Fiat’s Miafiori plant, which is currently under utilized producing the Multipla MPV. Even with the Bravo crossover, there will be still room for further models at Miafiori, so expect to see the aforementioned convertible and MPV versions of the Bravo be given the green light.