Fiat India has begun testing the Grande Punto hatchback facelift in full swing. One such test mule was snapped up by CarToq’s spy photographers outside Fiat’s Ranjangaon factory, off Pune. The facelifted Punto seeks to improve upon the shortcomings of the current version. Therefore, the drab interiors will be replaced by a two tone dashboard finish while the quality of other interior trims is likely to be better, taking cue from the facelifted Linea, whose interior materials appear and feel top notch.
The Grande Punto has been one of the best looking B+ segment hatchbacks and to getting to improve the car’s looks is a bit of an ask. Fiat has made a game attempt by freshening up the front end with new headlamps and a bumper while the rear gets a re-profiled tail gate, bumpers and new tail lamps. The car’s alloy wheels get a redesign while the turn indicators move to the wing mirrors.. Expect a feature or two to be added to the car’s equipment list.
The facelifted Punto is likely to go on sale sometime in the second half of the year, at prices slightly that are higher than those of the outgoing model. Mechanically, the Punto will retain the 1.3 liter Multijet turbo diesel engine that is available in two states of tune, 75 Bhp-197 Nm and 91 Bhp-209 Nm. The petrol engines are 1.2 liter and 1.4 liter units in a four cylinder layout, outputting 67 Bhp-96 Nm and 89 Bhp-115 Nm respectively.
All engines of the Punto are available with 5 speed manual gearboxes as standard, and this facet will be carried over in the facelifted models as well. Fiat India has been rapidly expanding its dealership and after sales reach. With four major car launches lined up for this year, the car maker will finally have both the products as well as the after sales support to try and boost its marketshare in India.
The Linea Facelift will be launched on the March 5th, 2014, with the Punto facelift, Avventura Crossover styled hatchback and Abarth 500 models to follow later this year. For now, here’s Cartoq’s video reportage of what Fiat showcased at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo,
Spyshots of the Punto Facelift’s interiors courtesy TheAutomotiveIndia