This is what Toyota and Fiat are upto with the Etios Cross and Punto Adventure as both will be unveiled if not launched at the upcoming Auto Expo, next month. The compact SUV space is something many companies are looking at after the explosive sales growth of the Ford EcoSport.
The long waiting list for the EcoSport reveals that customers want a crossover and these two will offer exactly that though unlike the EcoSport these are basically rugged versions of hatches. The SUV in the Fiat line-up for India will the Punto Adventure, spied here.
As you can see it has a spare wheel and black cladding which means think Punto but with a rugged attitude. Like the Volkswagen Cross Polo the Punto Adventure will be made more 'off-road' in its appearance though it will not have 4WD. The Toyota Etios Cross is exactly that and just like the Punto Adventure it will have muscular front and rear bumpers plus side cladding, bigger wheels and roofrails. There will not be any spare wheel at the back though. Engines will be the same too! As expected you will have to pay more for these two over their normal hatch versions.
Fiat Punto Adventure pic courtesy- quattroruote