Two hits in a row? Possibly. Fiat has included enough Punto styling in its new mid-sized hatchback to result in a decent-looking package.
The Bravo is a crucial car for Fiat as it aims to build on the success of the Punto. It's available in five-door only and is basically the same length as a Focus, but slightly narrower. The distinctive flared-back headlights bring more than a touch of Punto to the Fiat's front end, though, and it looks curvier than the angular Focus and Astra. Fiat claims a class-leading boot capacity of 400 litres too, almost 40 more than the Ford.
Engines will include 1.9-litre turbodiesels (120bhp and 150bhp), a 1.4-litre petrol producing 90bhp and turbocharged petrol engines with 120bhp and 150bhp on tap.
The car will make its official debut in Rome in January, but the UK will have to wait until summer 2007 for right-hand drive examples. If the Bravo's on-road experience can match its looks, then it could prove another valuable step in Fiat's recovery.