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Latest on Fiat Punto Evo: 04 April, 2015
Italian carmaker Fiat is know to deliver some of the finest cars across the globe. The Punto hatchback from the company in India has been a popular choice among domestic users. Recently, the carmaker in order to further boost its sales has launched the refreshed version of the hatchback christened as the Punto Evo. To further offer wider options, Fiat India has been planning on launching a new Punto T-Jet.
Fiat Punto Evo, a Hatchback has 7 versions available in India. Fiat Punto Evo has 3 Petrol cars and 4 Diesel cars. Fiat Punto Evo comes in 7 colours, namely, Exotica red, Gliterati Gold, Hip hop black, Magnesio Grey, Minimal Grey, New Pearl White, Tuscan Wine.
Fiat had first disclosed the four new cars for the Indian market at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo. Among these four cars, two were the Linea and Punto, which were launched for the first time in the country. The Italian car maker has been immensely successful in the country and has been around for quite some time now. However, the Punto has not been able to come up to the expectations of the brand till now. The hatchback also needed a significant change in its appearance. So, the company decided to roll out a new variant under the name of Punto Evo. The Indian version will be having the name sans the update. The new hatch model will be exclusive to the Indian market and is expected to come up to the expectations of the brand.
The Punto Evo is slightly similar to the Avventura; however, the company had said they had not planned it this way. The Punto would have been designed in a slightly different face, but the success of Avventura had forced the company to give its strategies a tweak at the last moment. The Punto Evo is definitely here to stay and is among the prime contenders in the hatchback segment.
Further to this, read Fiat Punto Evo Road Test details by our expert.
The various fuel trims in Fiat Punto Evo are priced differently. The Petrol trims are priced between Rs. 5,09,165/- to Rs. 7,38,546/-. The Diesel trims of Fiat Punto Evo start at Rs. 6,05,752/-.
Fiat has designed the car with the help of the best engineers, who have imparted a completely renewed look on the Punto Evo. The head lights, bonnet and front bumper have been redesigned to give a more masculine look. The bonnet now comes with a bulge with two distinct lines running down all the way to the logo. The manufacturer seems to be inspired from German car makers and reduced the Italian touch by some extent. It definitely looks exceptionally good. The head lights have been given a swept-back finish and come with a larger design, courtesy the sides. The chrome inserts at tactical places on the front and the fog lamps have imparted a premium touch to the hatchback.
There is not much difference in the hatchback model at the sides. However, the new-design alloy wheels impart a wholly new stance to the model. There are two different styles - one Abarth style 15-inch and Punto Evo 90, which is of 16-inches.
The hatchback has been given a completely new look, as far as the dashboard is concerned. It resembles the Linea model somewhat and is a welcome change. The dashboard has a circular approach that imparts a wholesome appeal to the car. Dual-tone interiors make for a perfect finish in all the Evo models sans the Evo 90. The central console has a piano-black touch and finish and looks premium. Several features including the standard ones make up the front panel, which is perfectly placed following the ergonomics of the vehicle. Some of the main controls include Climate Control, Blue and Me technology, CD/Mp3, Bluetooth, Aux-in and voice recognition.
However, what sets the new model apart from the outgoing one is the addition of new dials. These are the only things that are new inside and makes for the icing on the cake. The dashboard and the central console are tidy with some clutter between the steering wheel and the dashboard. The steering wheel ergonomics and lever might just be the portions, which might be improved by the manufacturer at some later stage.
Engine and Transmission
Mechanistically, the car has been kept quite the same as the previous variant. Fiat Punto will be powered by a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.3-litre diesel engine, both of which have been carry forwarded. Fiat is also looking forward to launch a 1.4-litre option for the petrol model. The new engine will be capable of producing 88 bhp and a total torque of 115 Nm. Five-speed manual gearbox has been provided to all the versions. The transmission is prompt in the petrol models; however, it is slightly problematic in the diesel one.
Performance and Handling
Fiat Punto Evo offers a splendid driving experience at higher speeds. Most of the fans who have driver the predecessor to this model will find a striking resemblance with the previous product while driving. However, the transmission gives heartbreak if speed is the thing that you are looking for on the Punto Evo. It is expected that Fiat will find the remedial processes soon and make the gear shifts slicker in the upcoming models. Rest of the handling parts are smooth and culminate in a sweet driving experience.
The new Punto Evo has been provided with ventilated disc brakes on the front wheels. Drum brakes do the duty on the rear wheels, which do the needful effortlessly. The car has been given the ideal power-to-weight ratio as well as the perfect technology to ease the braking procedure even when the brakes are slammed powerfully.
The 1248 cc Diesel - powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 18 kmpl in city and 21 kmpl on highways, while the Petrol variant offers a mileage of 12 kmpl on urban roads and 15 kmpl and freeways, respectively.
Standard safety features have been provided in the Punto Evo, which makes for a delightful driving experience.
If you plan to buy a hatch model for the urban roads with speed being one of your lesser important priorities, Fiat has the best model for you. Comfortable, reliable and spacious, Punto Evo offers it all.
Fiat Punto Evo will have stiff competition from the likes of other hatchbacks in this category like the Volkswagen Polo, Hyundai Elite i20 and other such models.
Note: Specifications for Punto Evo Multijet 1.3 90hp Diesel (Diesel) have been mentioned
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