Fiat India will launch the facelifted Punto hatchback on the 5th of August, 2014. The hatchback is expected to replace the pre-facelift Punto in India, which is now available at chunky discounts. Large discounts on a car prior to a new model’s arrival is indicative of the pre-facelift model being discontinued. Fiat dealers have started accepting bookings for the new car, unofficially.
Coming to the new car, Fiat India has named it the Punto EVO, ostensibly indicating the new car’s evolution in comparison to the outgoing model. Indeed, the Punto EVO has evolved in terms of exterior design, the interiors and the features on offer. However, the engines and gearboxes are retained without any changes. In design terms, the car borrows many bits from the Avventura crossover concept, which is scheduled to be put into production later this year.
The Punto EVO gets new headlamps, a new front grille, a reprofiled bonnet and a revised front bumper with new fog lamp housing. The alloy wheel design is new as well. The rear sees new badging, tail lamps and a new bumper. The interiors of the car see a major step up in plastic quality and a textured finish on the dashboard, which is an all-new item. The car also gets new seat fabric. An all-black dashboard and rear AC vents make it to the Sport variants.
The Punto EVO will be sold with 8 variants – 4 each in petrol and diesel trims. The 1.2 liter-4 cylinder petrol engine (67 Bhp-96 Nm) mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox will be offered in Active and Dynamic Trim while a 1.4 liter-4 cylinder petrol engine (89 Bhp-115 Nm) with a 5 speed manual transmission will be offered in Emotion and Sport trims.
The diesel engine of the Punto is the 1.3 liter Multijet unit offered in fixed geometry turbo (75 Bhp-197 Nm) and variable geometry turbo (91 Bhp-209 Nm) tunes. Both tunes get a 5 speed manual gearbox. Fiat India is likely to price the Punto EVO at levels close to which the pre-facelifted model retailed for before discounting. Top end variants get twin airbags and ABS+EBD as standard safety kit.
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