Couple of weeks earlier, we brought you the firstever leaked picture of the refreshed Punto. Now the car has been spotted without a single piece of camouflage in multiple locations across India. This reveals that the launch of new Punto will take place in few weeks, ahead of Fiat Avventura launch. Pictures indicate that Fiat has made a number of changes to the exterior and the interior of the car.
Fiat has decided to rename the Grande Punto with its facelift. It is now known as the Fiat Punto Evo (no relation to Mitsubishi) and it is not the first time Fiat will be using Punto Evo name. They have already used the same for 2009 variant of Punto in Europe, which was later discarded in 2012 when a facelift was launched. While the new Punto will be mechanically similar to its predecessor, it will benefit from a few significant cosmetic surgeries, making it completely the next-generation Punto.
The Punto facelift shares its face with Avventura crossover that Fiat showcased at the Auto Expo this year. There is a new bumper with chrome outlined fog lamp housings. The Fiat emblem has been moved up from the grille to the bonnet. Changes to the side are limited to chrome door handles and a new alloy wheel design. The rear fascia gets new tail lamps again seem to be inspired from the Avventura. The bumper has been tweaked as well with larger housings for the reflectors with chrome outlines. There is a horizontal chrome stripe that runs across the bumper. The car sported a new ochre yellow paint scheme, though we are sure Fiat will have a fancier name for it.
On the inside, we see that centre console, air-con vents, steering wheel and control buttons are shared from new Fiat Linea and has a much more upmarket look compared to the current car. However, where the Linea gets beige plastics, but the Punto seen in these images gets a piano-black layout. The pictures also reveal that it features leather wrapped steering wheel and gearbox. As far as new features are concerned, the new Punto is confirmed to feature a rear AC vent as seen in these pictures, and is only the second hatchback in India (after the Grand i10) to have them.
Under the hood, the Punto facelift is likely to be identical to the current Punto. The engine range includes 1.2-litre, 68 PS and 1.4-litre, 90 PS petrol engines a 1.3-litre, MultiJet diesel, which can be had in 76 PS and 93 PS configurations. A 5-speed manual transmission is likely to be the only gearbox on offer. But seeing the competition Polo GT TSI, and the upcoming Tata Bolt’s 1.2 Revotron, Fiat could introduce the 1.4 T-Jet turbocharged petrol motor in the Punto. This engine in Linea belts out a power of 112 PS.
To read more on Fiat India, Click here
See more pictures of 2014 Fiat Punto Evo (Punto facelift) –
Source – Team Fiat Moto Club (on Facebook)