Fiat India will name the facelifted, 2014 Grande Punto as the Punto Evo for the Indian car market. While revamped exteriors and interiors have been detailed in a separate post here on CarToq, a new set of spyshots on TeamFiat indicate that the 2014 Fiat Punto Evo will feature ambient lighting and rear AC vents, features will give the B+ segment car a premium appeal.
The Punto Evo will be sold with the outgoing model’s naturally aspirated petrol and turbocharged diesel engine options. A five speed manual gearbox is expected to be standard across the entire engine line up. Fiat enthusiasts and prospective buyers will be hoping that Fiat alters the gear ratios of the first two cogs on the Punto Diesel to make it a more sprightly performer at lower speeds, an aspect at which the outgoing Punto falls short.
In terms of improvements, the 2014 Punto Evo comes with a slew of changed bits on the inside. The dashboard is an all-new item and particular attention has been paid to the quality of materials used. The 2014 Punto Evo features a textured finish for the top of the dashboard, a touch that exudes premium-ness. Ambient Lighting and rear AC vents are two features that will make it to the top-end variants of the hatchback.
On the outside, 16 inch alloy wheels on the top end Punto Evo fill the wheel wells nicely and make the car look sportier. The 2014 Punto Evo is expected to be priced marginally higher than the outgoing version. Production has already begun at Fiat’s Ranjangaon factory and the launch is just around the corner. In the coming weeks, Fiat dealers across the country will begin taking bookings of the Punto Evo.
The Punto Evo will be followed by a crossover styled hatchback called the Avventura, which will be launched during the festive season. The Avventura is based on the Punto platform and shares most parts with the hatchback. However, the Avventura features a more butch stance and will be positioned as a soft roader in the Italian car makers line up in India.
Spyshots courtesy TeamFiat