Fiat India is all set to launch the face-lifted version of it’s Punto hatchback in the Indian market on the 5th of August, 2014. Badged as the Punto Evo, the new Fiat Punto has dropped the ‘Grande’ name, gets cosmetic changes both on the outside as well as to the interiors, while the mechanicals of the car remain the same as that of the outgoing Fiat Grande Punto.
The new Fiat Punto Evo bears resemblance to the Punto Avventura showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo in Greater Noida. The new Punto has similarly profiled headlamps, although there are normal halogen bulbs instead of projector type units seen on the Avventura. The Punto Evo also has a large front grille like the Avventura, although there is a thin strip of chrome running through it. This and the new front bumper with the large air dam and chrome side sections are different from the earlier sleek design elements of the car.
That said, the silhouette of the car remains the same as that of the earlier model as it is essentially the same car. The side profile of the Punto Evo is identical to that of the Grande Punto, apart from the new sporty 10 spoke alloy wheels. The rear profile of the car also remains the same as that of the earlier model, apart from a rear spoiler and a sporty new bumper that has a grooved rear section housing a reverse lamp with reflector surrounds on the left side and a rear fog lamp with reflector surrounds on the right side. A thin section of the groove connects the larger light housings on the sides. The groove is nicely garnished in chrome to add a premium appeal to the car.
On the inside, the new Punto Evo gets identical interiors as the 2014 Fiat Linea. This is a good thing as everything feels upmarket and premium with the beige inserts lending an airy ambiance to the cabin.
Under the hood, the new Fiat Punto Evo will be powered by the same range of engines. This means the company’s famed 1.3 litre MultiJet oil burner will power the diesel Punto in two states of tune. The first will setup will allow the engine to develop 75PS of power while the latter will churn out 90PS of power. The 75PS version of the diesel Punto will be available in Active, Dynamic and Emotion variants while the 90PS will be available in the Sport variant.
On the petrol front, the Punto Evo will come with a 1.2 litre four cylinder petrol engine and a 1.4 litre petrol engine developing 90PS of power and 115Nm of torque. The 1.2 litre engine will be available in the Active and Dynamic trims while the 1.4 litre engine will be available in the top-end Emotion trim.
Expect the car to be priced at a slight premium over the outgoing model.
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