India-bound Next generation Fiat Punto spied in Brazil
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Expected to arrive between late-2016 and early-2017.
The next gen Fiat Punto was spied up close in Brazil, one of the biggest markets for the B segment hatchback. It is expected to arrive between late-2016 and early-2017.
Codenamed X6H, the next gen Punto is expected to have a slightly longer wheelbase, whilst the overall length will remain more or less similar to the current model. It is reported to be based on a stretched version of the Fiat 326 platform that underpins the Palio and Uno in Brazil.
Spyshots of the interior reveal a more premium dashboard that is expected to feature better plastics and a contemporary design. The steering wheel is nearly similar to the Fiat Tipo, while the center console has only four buttons in the middle and HVAC controls below. A 5-inch UConnect infotainment system could be integrated as a freestanding display.
The next-gen Punto will be available with a new 1.4-litre GSE (Global Small Engine) petrol engine producing over 100 hp, a new 1.8-litre E.torQ EVO engine from the Fiat Toro pickup truck, and the 1.6-litre E-Torq petrol engine.
Rivals: Maruti Swift, Tata Bolt, Hyundai Grand i10, VW Polo
Expected Price: INR 5-8 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Expected Release Date: Early-2017 in International markets
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[Source: Auto Esporte]