Fiat's new Stilo will go on sale in Italy on October 6.
The Stilo, available as a three-door or five-door hatchback, will replace the Bravo and Brava.
'We expect to sell 50,000 to 70,000 Stilos in the final quarter of this year, 300,000 next year and 400,000 in 2003, when the station wagon version will be on full stream,' said Paolo Cantarella, Fiat SpA managing director and president of Fiat Auto.
The Stilo moves upscale in almost every department. New features include eight airbags, adaptive cruise control and electronic stability program. The Stilo will also have keyless ignition, automatic headlamps and a modular interior, said Juan Jose Diaz Ruiz, Fiat Auto's executive vice president of sales and marketing.
The Stilo was unveiled in Geneva with blackened glass to hide the interior. Only Fiat Auto product engineering style director Humberto Rodriguez had keys to show the interior to selected suppliers.
The Stilo is much bigger than the models it will replace. The Bravo is 3,990mm long, but the Stilo three-door is 4,180mm long. The Brava is 4,190mm long, while the Stilo five-door is 4,250mm long.
Both Stilo body styles sit on the same 2,600mm wheelbase, 60mm longer than Bravo and Brava.
Bravo and Brava are both 1,420mm high, but the Stilo has different heights. At 1,460mm, the three-door Stilo is 40mm higher than the Bravo. At 1,510mm, the five-door Stilo is 90mm taller than the Brava.