Rendering – Fiat’s B Segment SUV for India is a Cross Punto

Posted on: Feb 4, 2013 - 9:29am IST

Fiat-Punto-CrossThe sheer demand that a compact crossover SUV has in the market in 2013 has forced almost every car maker there is to come up with one.

While some manufacturers get serious and start the project from the drawing board, some want to take the easy way out, look for instant success. That is, take a normal hatchback, pump up its ground clearance, add some SUVesque scruff plates, plastic cladding for the lower body and so on. And there is your makeshift SUV!

We have the Skoda Fabia Scout following this philosophy. We recently brought you the news about Tata Vista D90 Xtreme and there are many more similar models in the global markets such as the VW Cross Polo, Hyundai HB20X and the Honda Fit Twist.

Fiat India is banking on a similar strategy for their proposed B Segment SUV. Mr. Enrico Atanasio, Managing Director of Fiat India told Indian Autos Blog recently that he thinks a hatchback with rough road package is a “soft SUV type” of car.

Having announced the launch of Jeep, Fiat need not develop an SUV from scratch just for India. Yes, the Fiat 500X will shortly be available and Fiat India can bring down this model, but the cost of manufacturing and the uncovered basic priorities such as brand building and dealer network expansion may put the 500XL and 500X on the backburner. There is no hope for these two products up until 2016 when there’s a widespread dealer network in place for Fiat India.

So here is the rendering of the B Segment SUV by our digital specialist Shoeb R Kalania that we’d like to call the Cross Punto. The features expected are, of course raised ride height, a modified front bumper with lot of black plastics, scruff plates all around, new alloy wheels, roof rails and body graphics.

More plastic inserts all round the car forms an important part of the so called rough road package. However, note that only the plastic parts of the car has been redone and the sheet metal is untouched, giving a huge production cost advantage and time savings.

Coming to the question, would you buy a Cross Punto or will you wait for Fiat India to bring a proper crossover SUV like the Fiat 500X here?

Next would you like to read more about the or more about Fiat Grande Punto, Renderings?

7 thoughts on “Rendering – Fiat’s B Segment SUV for India is a Cross Punto

  1. David says:

    Fiat cross punto never compete with ford ecosport or maruti upcoming mini SUV

  2. Winfred says:

    Making it torn and faded to sell….I thought that works well in jeans trousers.

    Yes I’ll buy one! you know what I mean.

  3. Sridhar K says:

    I Own the beautiful Punto 90 HP. I always wished to own a SUV too. But I am not good in vitamin M to go for both. i can have either a hatch for the easy city drive and confident highway drive or a SUV for a confident drive and a easy all terrain. Thanks FIAT for the idea of cross punto. Now i will have one car which is easy to drive in city, confident on highways and easy on any terrain and light on the pocket. But if the car is gonna look like the one shown in the pic then it sure looks UGLY.

  4. Plato says:

    Punto as a brand is on a decline and near its expiry date. The past few sleepy years of brand extensions of a two model range wont cut it for Fiat India. Just bringing in Chrysler as a niche luxury brand wont bring in the sales volumes. Fiat will have be quick and introduce its own compact SUV and orher car models to offer a full range of vehicles in India. All car majors face the same market conditions and Nissan for example brought in 6 models in two years.
    The EU recession should have made Fiat focus on expanding in India as the Germans have.

  5. Abraham says:

    I think Cross Punto is a good option. A normal SUV will be epensive and time consueming to bulid. A ross hatch will be relatively cheap and more affordable. You will get all the plus points of a hatch and SUV in it.

  6. Refugee says:

    ‘some want to take the easy way out, look for instant success’ – True and unbiased comment.

    How can Fiat insult me the average Punto fan with introducing the talented high spec 500X at a premium. Not in my backyard, I would be cross..

  7. roy v mathai says:

    bring a proper crossover ye fiat & Tata…the orginal palio adventure was a flop. See the Duster & Xuv waiting lists are the rule


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As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!