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Fiat Punto Facelift - EVO - Launched

Discussion in 'Fiat India News' started by kedarbendre, Feb 12, 2014.

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  1. amogh

    amogh Staff Member Janitor

    Grande Punto 1.3
    Here is a short report & my impressions after spending a lot of time with the car yesterday

    • If you like this car in the pictures you will love it in person. It is difficult to change the looks of something that is already so good looking but FIAT has managed this extremely well (just like they did with the Linea.) This car actually is a "Bold New Drive". It has a much stronger personality, an imposing presence but suave at the same time.
    • It is now shod with 195/55/16 alloys. Another segment first from FIAT.
    • The interiors are top notch. The all black finish is classy and has a nice soft touch. For those (like me) who don't like beige this is a welcome change. Thankfully the awful grey from the existing Punto is nowhere to be seen
    • The dashboard, central facia, USB port etc is all carried forward from the New Linea. No change there.
    • Ambient lighting looks classy. They have not overdone it. Just a nice line over the glove box
    • Rear AC vent is another segment first (Please correct me if I am wrong)
    • The spare wheel is not an alloy. It is a 195/60/15 profile steel wheel
    • The improvements in clutch are highly welcome. Those who drive cars from 2009-10 will find the clutch in a different league altogether.
    • The engine was noticeably more silent. The NVH has certainly been brought down. Maybe better components? The level of damping under the bonnet was the same.
    • The chrome inserts on the door handles remain the same as the ones on the existing 90 HP
    • The car featured in the pics here is the top end 90 HP Punto Evo. There will be some changes in the variants. Wait for the formal launch till they are announced. However for those who still like the look of the old Punto don't loose heart. It will probably stay in some form.
    • The P U N T O badge on the rear should have been below the FIAT logo. Would have looked good!
    • No indication on the pricing yet. But if you want a clue take it from the pricing of the New Linea vs the Old Linea ;)
    • The alloys look much better in person. And even if you don't like them here is a good news for you : there are going to be three different alloy designs to choose from.
    • The glove box has a smooth release mechanism. Again a welcome change! FIAT has finally managed to get the glove box right :D And yes : the glove box does have a light
    • No change in the cabin and boot space
    • No DRL's and no projectors

    I will be honest : I was trying hard to find faults with the car. But I could not come up with many. FIAT has managed to get things right with this product. I not only see new prospective buyers heading to the showrooms to check out / buy this car but even existing Punto owners who do no want to upgrade to a sedan are going to take a serious look at this car.

    Now only if FIAT manages to come up with a solid ad campaign and hires a good brand ambassador. They need to do what Honda has done with Kapil Sharma for the Mobilio. This car has what it takes to achieve sales figures. Now it's a matter of how FIAT goes about achieving them.

    Last edited: Jul 5, 2014
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  2. Ganges

    Ganges Esperto

    Driver Seat _/
    Grande Punto 1.3
    Rear bumper is awesum.
  3. Toruk_Macto

    Toruk_Macto Amatore

    Well done Guri for putting this up together. Any idea about other colors?
  4. Pramod N

    Pramod N Amatore

    Excellent... However, I would still like the looks of the Old Punto... Too much of chrome... Would like to upgrade the existing tail lamp from my punto to the new ones.
  5. Vikrant Joshi

    Vikrant Joshi Amatore

    Amogh thanks for the quick report! TFI has managed a great scoop! Waiting eagerly to see the car in person. Good job Fiat!

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  6. zenwalker

    zenwalker Esperto

    Seriously hoping few things from new can be ported to old one like dashboard light above glove box n lamps. On the flip side, seriously wishing for a DRL but I guess evventura shall that. Best luck and do awesome marketing Fiat.
  7. asimpleson

    asimpleson Esperto

    Linea 1.3

    There definitely was a suggestion to make improvements to the firewall to reduce noise in cabin. Possibly also any modifications to the exhaust side, IDK.:confused: Also in consideration was door dampening from Wurth or other such companies. If only someone can confirm that these additions are real.
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  8. chetanmohanty

    chetanmohanty Amatore

    Punto Evo 1.3 90 HP
    When is the launch.Any information?
  9. kailasmenon2000

    kailasmenon2000 Superiore

    Can someone post the pics with better watermarks?? Current one is really spoiling the looks of the car. Not able to enjoy the beauty properly :(
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  10. deepakhon

    deepakhon Amatore

    Smashing! A perfect example of making an already great looking car even more wonderful. Personally, unlike the Linea facelift, Punto one is brilliantly executed.
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