Snapshot: Fiat India has begun testing the facelifted version of its Grande Punto hatchback. The test mules were spotted at Pune, the closest city to Ranjangaon, the location of Fiat India’s Indian manufacturing facility. The facelifted Punto is likely to derive cosmetic inspiration from the 2012 UK-spec version, which made its international debut a couple of years ago. The facelifted Punto will be launched in India later this year. Expect engine and transmission options to be carried over unchanged as the facelift for the Punto is mainly cosmetic in nature, a-la-Linea facelift.
Coming to the major bits ad bobs of the Punto facelift, the car will get new headlamps and a reprofiled front bumper. The front grille is a new item. The alloy wheels of the UK-spec Punto Facelift get a once over and a similar design might be adopted on the Indian version of the facelifted car as well.
At the rear, the Punto Facelift gets new tail lamps and a revised bumper. The Fiat badge on the tail-gate doubles up as a push-to-release-boot button, a-la-Volkswagen Polo. On the inside, new fabric, soft touch plastics and a redesigned dashboard round off the changes on the facelift Punto.
Expect the two naturally aspirated petrol engines (1.2 liter 68 Bhp-96 Nm and the 1.4 liter 90 Bhp-115 Nm) to be retained, along with the 5 speed manual gearbox. Similarly, the 1.3 liter Multijet turbo diesel engine in 75 Bhp-197 Nm and 90 Bhp-209 Nm states of tune, mated to 5 speed manual gearboxes, are likely to be retained on the facelifted Punto.
The Fiat Grande Punto hatchback is the Italian car maker’s best selling model in India. The facelifted model could do its bit to prop up sales further. The Punto Facelift will be joined by the Linea Facelift, the Abarth 500 and the Avventura crossover-styled hatchback at different points in 2014. In total, Fiat India plans to launch 4 revised/all-new cars this year under the Fiat brand.
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