How many of you believe in re-births and the story of Phoenix rising from the ashes? Well. I know it is a mixed bag of answers for this question. Have you ever heard the same for automobiles? Unbelievably true, but the same did happen for one of the most cherished models of Italian giant, Fiat.
Fiat Croma has lived two lives. The history started way back in 1985 when it was first launched as a five-door notchback liftback. Fiat Croma also marked the end of Fiat Argenta. Unlike other executive cars which were also built on the ‘Type Four’ chassis, Croma was truly a large family segment competitor. There were more than a dozen engine modifications for this car until in 1996 the last model boasted a 2466 cc engine with 100 PS.
1996 closed the curtains on this great family car that served the people for more than a decade. Riding on the success of its predecessor, Croma returned with a bang in 2005. With more than 6 auto-maker giants involved in the overall planning and designing of this vehicle; Croma was expected to rock the roads. But fate had other plans as the car failed miserably.
Unlike previous models, Fiat designed it like a comfort wagon rather than a large segment family car. In February 2007, Fiat UK had to take a tough decision of discontinuing the production of Fiat Croma in UK. With just 900 vehicles sold in 2005, Croma’s future was in a poor condition.
In the 4th quarter of 2007, the sales saw an upsurge in other parts of the world as the sales of Croma rose. Fiat made minor changes in the overall looks of Croma which helped the cause.
Covering the segment of comfort and overall performance on road, we saw a different statistic sheet. It was rated as one of the most comfortable hatch with a huge boot and good access to the front and rear seats. The handling is awesome and so is the overall grip on the road.
The latest model of Croma is one of the safest in the world right now. It has qualified the test of 5-star crash and hence it is one of the best in its segment. Croma has always flaunted its style in a different manner. It features a host of sophisticated devices such as 7 crash airbags; ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution); ESP (Electronic Stability Program) including ASR (Anti Slip Regulation), MSR (Motor Schleppmoment Regelung) and HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assistance); Hill-holder and many more.
Croma surely has a mediocre past but there is no doubt in the fact that it is one of the best ever cars from Fiat.