Spied – Fiat Punto facelift snapped inside out


Nithyanandh K, 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!

The Fiat Punto facelift is testing extensively in preparation for a pre-festive season launch. The test mules surface on public roads quite often and here are some recent spyshots taken by Auto Column.

2014 Fiat Punto facelift India front spyshot
The reworked front fascia now gets new headlamps and grille from the Avventura concept.

The front and rear fascias of the test mule are hidden but few visual elements can be seen under the camouflage. The refreshed hatchback will get a reworked front end with new headlamps and grille similar to the ones found on the Avventura crossover concept that was showcased at the Auto Expo. The new bumper houses chrome foglamp enclosures.

2014 Fiat Punto facelift India dashboard spyshot
The dashboard is lifted straight from the Linea facelift.

The car remains the same in profile save for the new 16-inch wheels and ORVMs with integrated turn indicators. The new rear fascia is characterized by clear lens combination lamps and new bumper with chrome inserts that complement the ones upfront.

The interior, as reported earlier, is borrowed from the new Linea. The seat fabrics are also new.

2014 Fiat Punto facelift India taillamp spyshot
The taillights get clear lens lamps and the bumper houses chrome finished ornamental elements

While visually the Punto maybe transformed, Fiat is expected to leave the undercarriage untouched. The 68 PS 1.2-litre and 90 PS 1.4-litre petrol engines would continue to march forward along with the 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel that is available in two stages of output – 76 PS and 93 PS.

The Fiat Punto facelift would be followed by its crossover sibling, the Avventura and the Abarth 500, before the end of this year.

Fiat Punto facelift IAB leaked
The first look of the Punto facelift was revealed in an official media presentation.
Competitors: Maruti Swift, VW Polo facelift, Tata Bolt, Honda Jazz

Expected Price: INR 5-8 lakhs, ex-showroom

Fiat Punto facelift spied – Image Gallery

[Source: AutoColumn.com]

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