Ask any Fiat fan, enthusiast, or industry analyst, about the reason behind the company’s lack of sales in India, and they’re bound to be blame the lack of new products. So it’s of course going to be interesting to know what the replacements for the current (slightly ageing) products look like. We’ve seen the Tipo/Egea which is positioned as the successor to the Linea in certain markets, and now, thanks to a rendering, we can get an idea about the next generation Punto as well.
Fiat’s X6H mules have been testing already, and if the reports are to be believed, it will be the next generation Punto. Likely to make a debut in late 2016 or early 2017, the next generation Punto is expected to be based on the B-wide platform that also underpins the Fiat 500L. The three-door model might disappear, but the five-door version will offer more space on the inside as well, sort of rubbishing the early rumours of it being a five-door Fiat 500.
Another recent spyshot confirmed the availability of an automatic gearbox in the vehicle. Not only that, the mule was spotted with things like steering mounted paddle shifters, a stop-start system, and even stability control.
Regarding the rendering, it borrows heavily from the Tipo sedan but has hints of the Fiat 500 as well. Now we’re left to wonder how the Abarth version will look like…
Rendering by OmniAuto; Spy pictures courtesy of Carplace.