Fiat, the Italian passenger car maker has silently introduced the Limited Edition version of its Fiat Grande Punto Sport at Fiat Cafe in Bangalore. The company rolled out the Limited Edition at a price of Rs. 7.60 lakh (ex showroom price, New Delhi). With the launch of this version, the Italian carmaker is aiming to increase the sales of this hatchback in the country. This new Fiat Grande Punto Sport 2013 comes with changes limited entirely to its exteriors. This new version comes with a set of exciting new features that include a 'Sport' insignia, Punto branded door sills, roof spoiler and a few more such aspects. This version has been made available in two exciting colours- Pearl White and Exotica Red exterior. Apart from this, there is a black contrast roof you can notice with this 2013 sport version. There is no change made to the engine specifications or technicalities of this hatchback. The limited edition of Fiat Punto is powered by a 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine, which is one of the most powerful mills in its segment. As far as the features are concerned, this new limited edition hatchback has retained all the features, offered in the previous Fiat Grande Punto Sport model. With the sporty interiors, exteriors and high engine performance, Fiat Grande Punto Sport 2013 offer an exciting ownership experience.
The all new Fiat Grande Punto Sport 2013 has got a lot of sporty appeal with brand new cosmetic changes. The company added a few additional aspects to this hatchback to obtain a perfect sporty appeal like no other in its segment. The front facade of this premium hatch remains entirely similar to the rest of the variants. Its frontage has been blessed with eye-shaped headlight cluster that houses turn indicator. There is a small radiator grille that received silver color coating. The prominent company logo has been embedded in the middle of the grille that adds a lot of sporty elements. This top end trim also received the body colored bumper with silver garnished air dam and fog lamps incorporated in it. The side profile of this hatchback has received a stylish sporty alloy wheels of 14 inches, while the sporty graphics enhance its sporty appeal. This model is offered in pearl white and exotica red exterior shades ,out of which the variant with pearl white is offered with Red colored ORVMs. On the other hand, variant with Exotica Red color shade is offered with black colored ORVMs. There are few other cosmetics you can you can observe with this version includes roof spoilers, door sills with Punto branding,body decals and chrome finished exhaust tip.
This newly introduced Fiat Grande Punto Sport 2013 has received some sort of cosmetic updates inside the cabin as well. Once you step inside the car, you will notice the new sport branded floor mats with red stitching and sporty pedals offered with this premium hatch. While the rest of the interior design and equipments are same as the previous version. You will notice the dual toned dashboard along with Punto Sport badged cosmetics inside the cabin. There is a huge space inside the cabin, which can comfortably host at least 5 passengers. On the other hand, the limited edition of Fiat Grande Punto Sport has been blessed with features like driver seat height adjustment, rear seat folding (60:40 split), adjustable rear seat head restraint, rear parcel shelf, fabric inserts on door trims and door arm rests, boot lamp and so on. These features add excitement to the owners of the hatch.
Engine and Performance:
The company hasn't made any changes to the engine specifications and its technicalities. This new Fiat Grande Punto 2013 is blessed with the same 1.3-litre Multijet diesel power plant that is integrated with 4-cylinders and 16-valves. This engine has the displacement capacity of 1248cc that unleashes a maximum 90bhp @ 4000rpm, while yielding a commanding 209Nm of torque at 2000rpm. This DOHC based Multijet diesel mill is paired with a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox that sends the engine power to the front wheels and delivers thrilling performance. This engine is not just good in terms of power and performance but it is also good at delivering mileage. The company claims that the Fiat Grande Punto 2013 can return a mileage of 20.5kmpl.
Braking and Handling:
The company has given utmost importance to the braking and handling system of this premium hatch. The limited edition Fiat Grande Punto Sport 2013 is blessed by a proficient braking mechanism that functions with the combination and front ventilated discs and rear drum brakes. The braking system is further enhanced by a sophisticated Anti-lock Braking system (ABS) along with Electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) system. It comes with an effective power steering system, which makes the handling easier than ever by responding instantly. On the other hand, its robust suspension system further enhances the driving comforts, agility and dynamics of the car.
This newly launched Limited Edition version of Fiat Grande Punto is the top end variant in its lineup. Being a high end version in its series, it comes with a set of distinctive comfort features that offers lavish luxury on the go. The car comes with exciting set of features that include 12V power outlet, driver seat height adjust, premium red stitching on seat and steering wheels, automatic air conditioning system with climate control and rear foot level AC vents, electrically adjustable external rear view mirrors, power steering system, rear defogger with timer, remote key less entry and several other advanced features. The car has also been offered with Blue&Me system with USB port inside, integrated CD/MP3 player and steering mounted audio, Blue&Me controls.
As far as the safety features are concerned, the Limited edition Fiat Grande Punto Sport 2013 comes with sophisticated functions that assures the safety of passengers and to the vehicle as well. This premium sports hatch comes with features including 3-point ELR seatbelts with pre-tensioner and load limiter, ABS with EBD, automatic door lock, central door locking, door open indicator , dual stage air bags with early crash sensor, fire preventive system, immobilizer system with rolling code, passenger airbag deactivation and rear seat metal back.
Pros: Sporty exteriors and interiors, engine performance is tremendous.
Cons: Expensive price tag, boot space and rear seat space is lesser.