In India, the Fiat Punto may not have received the same attention otherwise reserved to an Italian hatchback. That has not hampered the global sales of 9 million Fiat Punto’s however. Fiat has announced that 9 million Puntos have been sold around the world. Interestingly, the Punto celebrates it’s 20th birthday this year. It started retailing in Europe...
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The first efforts of Fiat’s 2016 strategy roadmap are starting to bear fruit. We have the first images of the Punto Abarth testing in India. This test mule was spotted by a TeamBhp forum member ece2k2 on the streets of Coimbatore.
If you observe carefully, this is a Punto Abarth Evo EsseEsse which is the highest state of tune for any Punto Abarth. The turbocharged 1.3L petrol engine of an EsseEsse spits out 180bhp @ 5,700rpm and 270Nm of Torque @ 2,500rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
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!
Fiat chose a press conference in India to confirm its plans for the next generation Punto.
During the announcement for the launch of the Jeep brand in India, Fiat officials confirmed, without exposing the finer details, that the next generation Punto and Linea would launch in India in 2014.