Fiat Punto Evo launched in India at Rs 4.55 lakhs
The Fiat Punto debuted in 2009 and five years later it gets a face lift for its Indian model now dubbed the Punto Evo. Fiat also promises better service accessibility and more dealerships to lure prospective clients. Currently Fiat has 112 outlets in 96 cities and the number is set to increase.
A first look shows that the Punto Evo has a new hood and bumper with a larger grille giving it an aggressive stance helped by the sweptback headlights for a flowing look. At the back the Punto Evo gets LED tail lamps and the rear bumper is now neater in appearance, matching the rear boot lid. Move along the sides and there you will notice no difference except for the diamond cut alloy wheels and chrome at the door handles. The Evo seems glitzier with more chrome styling touches on the outside. The Punto Evo is available in seven colors including a new yellow.
Time for a look inside and the change is pleasantly surprising. The improved finish and fittings reflect much better quality. The dashboard, as you can see, clearly has Linea genes in it. The interiors have beige and black tone with beige seats getting black inserts. The focus shifts to the steering wheel mounted with a variety of controls. The dash has voice command system, auto door lock, adjustable ORVM and an audio unit. What you will like about the audio system is that it is speed sensitive and has a USB socket as well as an auxiliary, Blue & Me connectivity. The Evo may not be the most spacious but looks appealingly comfortable.
Raise the hood and the same old 1.2 litre engine stares back at you. The powerplant puts out 68 PS and 96 Nm at 2500 RPM. You can opt for active and dynamic variants of the Evo. Further, buyers have a choice of diesel and two petrol variants. The diesel power plant is the tried and tested 1.3 litre Multi-Jet putting out 75 PS in the standard version and a higher 93 PS in the top of the line sports model. A competent manual 5 speed gear train is mated to the engine.
All variants include Fire Preventive Safety as standard. The higher priced models have ABS+EBD braking, dual front air bags and seat belt pre-tensioners. While the lower end models have 15 inch alloy wheels, the sports model has a larger 16 inch wheel. Ground clearance is 195 mm on the petrol versions and 185 mm on the diesel models. Prices start at Rs. 4.55 lakhs ex-showroom and go all the way up to Rs. 7.20 lakhs for the sports version.