Spied – Fiat Punto Evo continues to be spotted across the country

Nithyanandh

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 Evo (Punto facelift) is scheduled to be launched in August and factory-fresh cars have already started reaching dealer stockyards across the country. Here are the latest spyshots of the refreshed hatchback from Autoz.

Fiat Punto Evo white spied rear
The Fiat Punto Evo (facelift) has started reaching dealer yards across India.

The aging model has been given a comprehensive cosmetic makeover inside out while the undercarriage has been retained, along with the existing powertrain options. The petrol options include a 1.2-litre unit that produces 66.6 bhp (68 PS) and a 1.4-litre motor that puts out 88.2 bhp (90PS). The 1.3-litre diesel motor is available in two specifications – 74.48 bhp (76 PS) and 91.1 bhp (93 PS).

Outside, the headlamps, grille, bumpers, alloy wheels and ORVM with integrated blinkers and taillight detailing are new while on the inside, the car derives its dashboard from the new Linea. A rear AC vent is arguably the most significant interior update.

Fiat Punto Evo white spied rear AC vent
The Punto Evo is the second Indian hatchback to feature a rear AC vent, the first being the Hyundai Grand i10.

With only 4,691 units sold in the first half of 2014 at a monthly average of 782 units, sales of the current Fiat Punto is plummeting every passing month. The refreshed hatchback shoulders the responsibility of stepping up the game for Fiat.

In the past year and a half, Fiat has been establishing exclusive dealership outlets across India, and the current number stands at 116. With a wider sales and service network and new products like the Punto Evo and the Avventura crossover, the company is hoping to gain the much needed momentum.

Five things we know about the Fiat Punto Evo

Competition: Hyundai i20, Maruti Swift, Tata Bolt, VW Polo, Honda Jazz

Expected Price: INR 5-7.5 lakhs, ex-showroom, New Delhi

Fiat Punto Evo – Spyshot Gallery

[Spy Images from Autoz.in]

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