The 1.3 liter multijet diesel engine from the Linea finally comes to the Punto.
Today, Fiat announced the launch of its more powerful diesel hatchback car, named simply ‘Punto 90 HP’.
Is this good news? Of course. All the new hatchback cars in India come with engines that are just not powerful enough in the interest of high fuel efficiency. After all, we in India live and die by mileage!
The new engine produces 93 PS (89 bhp) at 4000 rpm. Maximum torque produced is now 209 Nm at 2000 rpm. Displacement is the same, but earlier the engine was tuned for fuel efficiency and produced just 76 PS (75 bhp). What we now have is an increase of 17 PS (around 15 bhp), and if driving pleasure is what you are looking for, this is sure going to make you happy.
According to initial reports, the company is claiming a mileage of around 20 kmpl for the Fiat Punto 90 HP.
The Fiat Punto 90 HP is going to be the top-of-the-line Punto for the time being, and prices are suitably higher befitting its status in the line-up. It is priced Rs 6.79 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Price for the Punto 90 HP in Mumbai will be Rs 7.01 lakh, while Chennai, Bangalore and kolkata will see price tags around Rs 6.85 lakhs.
The Punto 90 HP will come only in the Emotion Pack trim. That means all the frills, plus chrome door handles a la Linea and 90 HP badging at the rear.
Acceleration from standstill, in-gear acceleration and top speed are all expected to go up with the new Punto 90 HP. Exactly how big the improvement would be clear when we manage to lay our hands on the car for a proper road test in the near future.
Ritesh Madhok adds:
The Fiat Grande Punto 90 HP is now one of the most powerful diesel hatchback cars around.
Powered by the Linea’s Variable Geometry Turbocharger 1.3 MJI engine, the Fiat Punto 90 HP would be available only in the Emotion variant which has dual stage airbags, ABS, EBD, climate control, Blue and me, CD/MP3 player with USB, alloy wheels and chrome door handles. The seats of the Punto 90 HP have special sporty red coloured stitching on them. Further personalization of the 90 HP is possible and the owner can add any – or all – of the following as accessories after purchase: Rear spoiler, chrome tipped exhaust, body decals, alluminium pedals, leather seats and signature Punto door sill.
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