Voila it’s here, Fiat launched the much awaited Fiat Punto Evo in New Delhi today. The Delhi launch will be succeeded by the one in Mumbai on August 8. This is the first time the Fiat Punto receives a facelift, since its introduction in India in 2008.
Fiat launches the Punto Evo on 3 platforms namely: Active, Dynamic and Emotion, each with a petrol and diesel variant, along with a top-end Fiat Punto Evo Sport diesel variant. With a sum total of 7 new variants, Fiat also added 2 new colors namely: the blingy Glitternti Gold and the sober Magnesio Grey to the existing Exotica Red, Minimal Grey, Hip Hop Black, Vocal White and Tuscan Wine, to match the 7 variants.
The Fiat Punto Evo retains the same proportion and design of the current Punto, but it has enough elements to make it stand out. The stylish new design of the Punto Evo is inspired by the Fiat Avventura. The front fascia of the car poses with “pulled-back” headlights and a chromed-lined grille. The bumper sports a sharp air-splitter and a wider secondary air-dam, along with prominent chromed-topped fog-lamps, that add the certain style quotient to the front. The wing-mirrors incorporate LED turn lights to add a classy aura to the front facade and the top-end models are bestowed with 16-inch alloy wheels.
The rear end is tastefully designed with LED-lined tail lamps and what catches your eye, is the heavily chromed ornamentation that runs across the rear bumper, which adds that premium-look feeling to the car. The Punto Evo sport variant gets a roof mounted spoiler, adding the new “Punto Evo” badge sums up the exterior changes on the Fiat Punto Evo.
The interiors of the Fiat Punto Evo, get a facelift clue from the Fiat Linea, giving it a much better look than the current Punto. The dual tone dashboard and new upholstery add a posh feeling to the Punto evo. The interiors also boast of a fully loaded digital console displaying, a clock, trip meter, along with mileage, speed and warning indicators. The Punto Evo also possesses added features namely: cruise control, climate control, remote keyless entry, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, rear AC vents and a music system. The Punto Evo comes heavily loaded which gives a better driving experience.
The Fiat Punto Evo comes with the same set of performance based Fiat engines. The Fiat Punto Evo petrol variants, are based on a 1.2 liter, FIRE mill, that produces 67 BHP at 6000 rpm and 97 NM of torque at 2500 rpm and a 1.4 liter FIRE engine, which churns out maximum power of 88.8 BHP at 6000 rpm and a torque of 115 Nm at 4500 rpm. Both the engines are mated to a 5-speed Manual transmission system. The Active and Dynamic platforms come with the 1.2 liter engine, while the Emotion platform holds the powerful 1.4 liter engine.
The Active, Dynamic and Emotion platforms of the Punto Evo diesel, come with a 1.3 liter, Multijet diesel engine, with fixed-geometry-turbo (FGT) producing 75 BHP of power at 4000 rpm and 197 Nm of torque at 1750 rpm. The Punto Evo Sport gets a tuned-up powerful version of the 1.3 liter, Multijet diesel engine, which comes with variable-geometry-turbocharger(VGT) which churns out 93 BHP of power and maximum torque of 209 Nm.
The wait is over, the prices are out and here is how Fiat has priced the Fiat Punto Evo’s 7 variants (ex-showroom New Delhi):
2014 Fiat Punto Evo petrol variants:
Fiat Punto Evo Active 1.2L FIRE petrol: Rs 4.55 lakhs
Fiat Punto Evo Dynamic 1.2L FIRE petrol: Rs 5.12 lakhs
Fiat Punto Evo Emotion 1.4L FIRE petrol: Rs 6.65 lakhs
2014 Fiat Punto Evo diesel variants:
Fiat Punto Evo Active 1.3L Multijet diesel: Rs 5.27 lakhs
Fiat Punto Evo Dynamic 1.3L Multijet diesel: Rs 6.21 lakhs
Fiat Punto Evo Emotion 1.3L Multijet diesel: Rs 6.83 lakhs
Fiat Punto Evo Sport 90- HP 1.3L Multijet diesel: Rs 7.2 lakhs
With Fiat launching the Punto EVO and its 7 variants today, the next step in their stride is to launch the Fiat Avventura in India, later this year. Showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo, the Avventura sports a classique muscular Italian exterior design, while the interior seems to be similar to the Fiat Linea facelift. We hope this year goes well for Fiat with their new introductions into this competitive Indian car market.