Italian carmaker Fiat has confirmed early this year that its facelifted Punto hatchback will be launched in India during festival season of 2014 and though its machinery section is likely to remain untouched there will be several changes made to exteriors and interiors. Since Fiat launched its Punto Grande just a couple of years ago market buzz insists that new variant will have a petrol engine and will be better looking than previous version. Already the facelifted variant has been spotted several times testing around Pune and its rear profile looks similar to Fiat Aventure which was shown at Auto Expo 2014. A unique factor about this Punto facelift is that the car will be manufactured and sold in India only and will also be exported to nearby nations within Asia.
Interior and Exterior Features – Its interiors have been redesigned similar to recently updated Fiat Linea with dashboard in twin shades of grey and black. Besides comfortable and wide sides which support every body part the car has separate display section for managing audio and air-conditioner. Being a five seater it has been fitted with rear AC vents for better circulation which are now covered in chrome while its entire lower section with seats as well as floor mats are black in color. The car’s has an integrated music system with multiple speakers and remotely manageable fuel tank cover. Comfort features like cup and bottle holders, reading lights and magazine holders etc will be retained along with wide glove compartment.
From the spy pictures it is visible that rear stop lights are placed in a vertical position one above another on either side of rear windshield instead of on sides of rear door. A recent graphic presentation of this car made at Fiat’s headquarters show that that the car’s headlamps design is also similar to Fiat Avventura and has a sharp angled design unlike previous rounded ones. The front façade also is different with single chrome line on hexagonal radiator grille and similar chrome line on air intake section with honeycomb mesh design. Fog lamps are enclosed inside trapezium shaped chrome design on either side of air dam. The car is available in multitude of colors like grey, blue, red, black, white, gold and wine.
Engine and Mileage – The car will be fitted with two petrol engines of which one is 1.2 liter petrol engine with power of 68 PS and torque of 96 Nm, while second 1.4 liter petrol engine generates 90 PS of power followed by 115 Nm of torque. Since both these engines have been developed by Fiat’s engineers they give mileage of 14 – 16 kmpl and have engine displacement power of 1172 cc.
Safety Features –Fiat is likely to continue the facelifted Punto with height adjustable power steering wheel, adjustable driver seat, day/night rearview mirror and electronically adjustable ORVMs. Standard safety features like ABS and EBS, dual front airbags, child safety locks and high impact beams will be provided. Fiat will fit this car with suspension system of McPherson struts, helical springs, torsion beam and telescopic dampers to balance it at high speeds.