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January 28, 2016: Fiat has teased the three-door version of the iconic Punto in a Facebook post. The car, although, sculpted in the same mould as the five-door hatch, looks much more sportier. Apart from the missing doors, the car also features multispoke alloys which add to the sportiness of the car. This car will be showcased by Fiat at the 2016 Auto Expo.
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1248 cc, Manual, Diesel, 20.5 kmpl
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1248 cc, Manual, Diesel, 20.5 kmpl
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|Variants||Fuel Type||Mileage (kmpl)||Transmission||Engine Description||Power|
|Power UP 1.3 Active||Diesel||17.8||20.5||Manual||1248cc
||91.7bhp @ 4000rpm|
|Power UP 1.3 Dynamic||17.8||20.5||Manual||1248cc
||91.7bhp @ 4000rpm|
|Power UP 1.3 Emotion||17.8||20.5||Manual||1248cc
||91.7bhp @ 4000rpm|
|Power Up 1.2 Dynamic||Petrol||12.3||15.8||Manual||1172cc
||67.1bhp @ 6000rpm|
Fiat Punto EVO is a premium offering from the Italian automobile firm. It received a facelift barely a year ago and went on to become one of the best hatchbacks in its class. Just a few days back, we have seen Fiat launching the exclusive Abarth Punto in the country. Now again, this automobile firm has come up with a limited Sportivo Edition of Punto EVO. This comes as a move to cash-in on the spending-spree in this looming festive season, which began a few weeks back. It comes as a single variant with a 1.3-litre diesel engine as standard under the hood. Going into the details, it comes in a two-tone color with red body paint and roof garnished in white. Other updates with regards to the exteriors include a set of newly designed 15-inch alloy wheels, chrome garnish on ORVMs, a sporty rear spoiler and new 'Sportivo' decals. On the insides, its seats are wrapped-in with new covers, while the floors are dressed-up with 'Fiat' embedded special carpets. On the equipment front, this Sportivo edition gets a 6.5-inch multi-functional touchscreen infotainment system along with reverse parking sensors as standard. The remaining features of this trim have been borrowed from the existing Active trim, which is a base version. Currently, this model series is available in a range of four trims like Active, Dynamic, Emotion and Sport. Among these, the Sport trim is the most powerful version, since its 1.3-litre Multijet drive-train produces 90bhp of maximum power. Other oil-burners are also powered by the same mill, but their power output is slightly less.
As for the petrol versions, the Emotion trim is equipped with a 1.4-litre Fire motor, while the base and mid range trim carries a 1.2-litre FIRE mill under the hood. As mentioned above, it is barely an year ago when this hatch received major cosmetic update. It received a new radiator grille, headlamps and bumpers. Its side profile remained largely identical to its previous model, but its wheel arches are mated to a set of diamond cut alloy wheels. Its rear profile also received minor tweaks in the form of updated bumper and improved taillight cluster. Coming to the interiors, it has a similar design to that of Linea sedan. Moving on to the comfort section, the manufacturer has retained all the features from the previous version. It has facilities like a hydraulic power assisted steering, a fully automatic AC unit including rear vents, follow me home headlamps and power windows. It is also integrated with important safety features like an immobilizer, fire prevention system and automatic door locks. Its top end Emotion version also gets with front airbags featuring early crash sensors and 3-point seat belts. Placed in the premium hatchback segment, it is rivaling with the likes of Volkswagen Polo, Maruti Suzuki Swift along with Tata Bolt and Hyundai Elite i20 in India. The firm in India is offering this hatch with a standard 3 year or 100,000 kilometers warranty, whichever is earlier. This can be further extended at an additional cost, which is quite good for the buyers.
The newly introduced Sportivo Limited Edition looks refreshing with a sporty dual-tone exterior color scheme. Its roof is done-up in white and the below part is painted in red. Also, we can find graphics on its bonnet and sides that renders a sporty looks to this hatch. Also, we can see a rear spoiler and chrome accents on outside rear view mirrors, which distinguishes it from other hatchbacks. Not to forget, this limited edition also features a set of newly designed alloy wheels complimenting its exclusivity. Moving on to the other trims the recently launched facelift version comes with a modified headlight cluster. They have a swept-back design and are equipped with powerful halogen lamps and turn indicators. Its radiator grille gets slightly bigger and comes with a refreshing new design with chrome surround . The bonnet too gets a slight modification with four expressive lines, and is accompanied by a windscreen washer. Its front bumper gets a major overhaul, as it now has a wider air intake section along with a pair of refined fog lamp consoles. The overall look of the front is complimented by the stylish company's badge, which is now placed above the radiator grille. Its rear profile has a same structure like its earlier version, but the updated bumper and taillight cluster gives it a refined look. The rear bumper is in body color and is affixed with a pair of brake lights. It is further designed with expressive chrome strips, that makes it look distinct. The taillight cluster has been placed on the C pillar, which is now powered by LED lights. The windscreen is quite small and is incorporated with a defroster along with a wiper. Furthermore, the “Sport” trim gets a spoiler fitted above the windshield that houses third brake lights. Its side profile remains mostly identical to the earlier version, but its wheel arches have been fitted with a set of stylish diamond cut alloy wheels (in emotion version) and 16-inch alloy wheels (in Sport trim). However, its entry level trims like Active and Dynamic are bestowed with a set of conventional steel wheels including full wheel covers. Its top end version has trendy aspects like chrome door handles, body colored ORVMs and black B pillars.
This hatchback measures 3987mm in total length and 1687mm in its overall width (excluding ORVMs). It stands with a height of 1495mm and with a generous ground clearance of 185mm. The wheelbase is 2510mm, which is something equivalent to a sedan.
Ed's Take: The interiors of the Grande Punto are similar to the Linea. Most of the interior bits are shared between the two. The space in the car is decent and even the quality is good.
The latest Sportivo Edition features some cosmetics updates for the insides too. As we can see, the seats inside are covered with new fabric upholstery giving a plus appeal to the cabin. The floor carpets are new with 'Fiat' branding on them. Further adding to its elegance are the special door sills with company's name embedded on them. These minor updates gives a refreshing new look to its insides and makes it look apart. The regular versions remains to be the same. Their cabin design is borrowed from Linea sedan and gets a dual tone color scheme. However, its 'Sport' trim gets an all black interior color scheme. The cockpit is fitted with a newly designed dashboard that is neatly equipped with an AC unit, a voluminous glove box and a proficient audio system. Also, it comes with a refined instrument panel that has two round shaped meters with chrome surround. It has things like a tripmeter, external temperature display, vehicle speed, tachometer, fuel levels, time display and seat belt notification. The main highlight of its interiors are the newly designed seats, which are quite wide and provides excellent support all the way from neck to thighs. These seats are covered with a premium fabric upholstery, which brings a plush feel to the interiors. The Dynamic and Emotion trims also have a driver's seat height adjustment facility. This hatchback comes with a 280 litre luggage compartment, which can be further extended by folding the rear seat in 60:40 split ratio. However, this feature is available only in Emotion and Sport trims. There is a huge leg space inside, especially in the second row, which certainly provides a comfortable traveling experience.
This latest version comes in four trim levels, which are Active, Dynamic, Emotion and Sport. Its entry level trim comes with aspects like a manually regulated air conditioning system along with a foot level rear air circulation, which helps in cooling the cabin quickly. It also has standard features like tilt adjustable power steering, clutch foot rest, follow-me-home headlamps and front power windows with delay and auto down function. This trim is also equipped with aspects like a 12V power socket, digital clock, programmable speed limit buzzer, real time mileage indicator, seat belt warning light and regulation of instrument panel light. In addition to these, the Dynamic trim has aspects like desmodronic foldable key, outside temperature display, electrically adjustable external mirrors, driver's seat height adjustment and rear power windows. On the other hand, its top end Emotion and Sport trims has aspects like a fully automatic AC unit, rear defogger, ambient lighting on dashboard and a leather wrapped multi-functional steering wheel.
As said above, this hatchback has a huge cabin space with excellent leg and shoulder space. Its head space is also quite decent as its overall height is about 1525mm.
Ed's Take: The acceleration produced by Grande Punto is decent. Drive it in its power band and the engine really performs well. There is a prominent turbo lag in the engine.
The trims with 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder drive-train can achieve a top speed of approximately 135 Kmph, while breaching the 100 Kmph mark in 18.81 seconds. While the Emotion trim with 1368cc FIRE motor can zoom towards a top speed in the range of 155 to 165 Kmph. At the same time, it can breach a 100 Kmph speed barrier in about 15 to 16 seconds . The oil-burners can break 100 Kmph speed mark from a standstill in 16.39 seconds and can reach a top speed of approximately 165 Kmph. While the Sport trim also has the same top speed, but it takes only 14.33 seconds to clock 100 Kmph mark.
Ed's Take: The 1.3-litre multijet engine with 75bhp is the ideal pick amongst all the four engines. This engine is one of the most of reliable and even the power delivery is decent.
There is only one oil-burner available in the series, which is a 1.3-litre Multijet power plant. It has a common rail fuel injection system and is based on a double overhead camshaft valve configuration with 4-cylinders and 16-valves. This 1248cc mill produces a maximum power of 75bhp at 4000rpm and results in a peak torque of 197Nm at just 1750rpm. The diesel Sport trim carries the same engine, but it can belt out a commanding power of 92bhp at 4000rpm along with a mammoth torque of 209Nm at 2000rpm. The Active and Dynamic petrol versions are powered by a 1.2-litre FIRE petrol motor that has SOHC valve configuration. It comprises of 4-cylinders and 8-valves that displaces 1172cc. It is integrated with a multi point fuel injection system, which allows it to pump out 67bhp at 6000rpm along with a superior torque of 96Nm at 2500rpm. While the top end Emotion petrol trim is equipped with a 1.4-litre FIRE engine that has a displacement capacity of 1368cc. It has 4-cylinders, each of which have four valves and is based on a DOHC valve configuration. It can produce a maximum power of 88.7bhp at 6000rpm that helps in generating a commanding torque output of 115Nm at 4500rpm. All these drive-trains have been mated with a five speed manual gear box that delivers torque to the front wheels.
Ed's Take: The Grande Punto’s diesel engine is one of the best selling oil burners in the country at the moment.
This series is available with three power plant options. One of those is the 1.2-litre petrol motor that is incorporated with a multi-point fuel injection system. It can deliver a mileage in the range of 12.3 to 15.8 Kmpl. The other one is a 1.4-litre FIRE drive-train that can give away a maximum of 14.4 Kmpl on highways. The oil-burner is a 1.3-litre Multijet mill that is incorporated with common rail injection system. It can return 20.3 Kmpl of mileage (on expressways), while giving away 17.1 Kmpl within the city.
Ed's Take: The power produced by the 90bhp Grande Punto is better than all other variants, but the 75bhp multijet too is an good option to consider.
The diesel versions are fitted with a 1.3-litre Multijet drive-train that has four cylinders and is based on a DOHC valve configuration. This plant belts out a peak power of 75bhp along with a commanding torque of 197Nm. The same mill in 'Sport' version unleashes 92bhp of commanding power and 209Nm of hammering torque. As for the 1172cc petrol motor, it can pump out 67bhp of maximum power and 96Nm of superior torque. While the Emotion trim sports a 1368cc FIRE mill that releases a mammoth power of 88.7bhp and yields 115Nm of torque.
Ed's Take: The Grande Punto comes with integrated music system that is paired with Microsoft’s Blue & Me. It also gets steering mounted audio controls.
The car maker is offering the 'Dynamic' trim with an integrated music system including a CD and MP3 player. It also supports USB and AUX-In sockets as well. In addition to these, the 'Emotion' version is fitted with aspects like Blue and Me, voice recognition, SMS readout and steering mounted audio controls. In addition to these, it also comes incorporated with speed sensitive volume control. There is no music system in the entry level trim, but there is a provision to incorporate it later. However, the Sportivo Limited edition gets an advanced 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system that is accompanied with all the facilities like CD/MP3 player and other connectivity features.
Ed's Take: The ride and handling of the Grande Punto is one of the best in its class. The ride is well composed and even the handling is definitely one of the best in its class. Fiats are bought by the passionates, and the Grande Punto is no different.
This newly introduced hatchback is bestowed with conventional front discs and rear drum brakes, which are highly reliable. Its mid and top end trims are incorporated anti lock braking system along and electronic brake force distribution, which will further reinforce the braking mechanism. As far as its suspension is concerned, the company has retained the same independent wheel McPherson strut for front axle and torsion beam to the rear axle. It is further assisted by helical springs and double acting telescopic dampers . In addition to these, the front axle is also loaded with coil springs and stabilizer bar. On the other hand, this model is incorporated with a hydraulic power assisted steering system, which helps in providing an effortless driving experience.
Ed's Take: The Grande Punto comes with two airbags and also ABS. The braking of the Grande Punto is really good and even the road grip offered by the hatchback is one of the best in its segment.
This all new series is blessed with the same safety aspects like those in its predecessor. However, it has improved some of its features to make it a safe hatchback in its class. Its entry level trim will get aspects like automatic door lock, fire prevention system, immobilizer with rolling code and door open indicator. In addition to these, the mid range versions gets ABS with EBD as standard. On the other hand, the top end variant has sophisticated aspects like 3-point ELR seat belts with load limiter and pretensioner, height adjustable front seat belts, front air bags with early crash sensors, front fog lamps and passenger airbag deactivation.
Both the entry and mid range models in this series are blessed with a set of 14-inch steel wheels including full wheel covers. These rims are covered with a set of tubeless radial tyres of size 165/80 R14 . On the other hand, its Emotion trim and the Sportivo Edition gets a set of stylish 15-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, which are equipped with high performance tubeless radial tyres of size 195/60 R15. The top end Sport trim is given 16-inch sporty alloy wheels that are covered with terrain capable radial tyres of size 195/55 R16, which provides superior grip on roads.
1. Option of choosing from petrol and diesel mills.
2. Roomy internal cabin with numerous utility features.
3. Lots of safety features in the top end model.
4. Good acceleration and pick up.
5. Exterior appearance is quite inviting.
1. High cost of initial ownership.
2. Base version lacks ABS and EBD.
3. Its oil-burner sound can be reduced.
4. Absence of music system in the entry level trims.
5. Fuel economy of the petrol variants can be made better.
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