Next generation Fiat Punto codenamed ‘X6H’; Launch in end-2016 – Report

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Will be made in Brazil.

Well placed sources have told AutosSegredos that high-ranking FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) officials have given the go-ahead for an all-new premium compact hatchback, that will replace the aging Punto. The project is codenamed ‘X6H’, and early prototypes will start their durability tests in the weeks to come.

Fiat Punto Evo front right three quarter at the 2014 Nepal Auto Show
Fiat may drop the ‘Punto’ nameplate opting to instead integrate the hatchback with the 500 series.

The Punto’s replacement will be based on an all-new platform, though finer details remain sketchy as of now. For example, will Fiat choose to integrate the Punto as a 5-door variant of the 500 series of cars, or will it get its separate branding. The next generation Linea, which will be revealed later in the month at the Istanbul Motor Show, is touted to be badged a ‘Bravo’, as Fiat wants to get rid of the Punto/Linea nameplates.

The Small-Wide architecture could prove to be a good fit for the new Punto and Linea, and could leverage economics for the brand given its usage on modern cars like the Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade. Where the crossovers are made in Italy (and Brazil in case of the Renegade), the Linea’s successor will be built in Turkey, while the Punto’s replacement is reported to have its production in Brazil.

Fiat 500X Mopar press image
The Small-Wide platform of the 500X could underpin the new Punto.

Also read: Fiat Punto Evo with 135 bhp T-Jet engine spied in India

For the Indian market, it remains to be seen if Fiat decides to launch these all-new cars, or make India-specific model changes (sub-4 meter).

Fiat Punto – Image Gallery (Unrelated)

[Source – AutosSegredos]

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