India-bound Next generation Fiat Punto spied in Brazil

19/04/2016 - 06:54 | ,  ,   | Aravind Jayachandran

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.

Next generation Fiat Punto spied in Brazil
The next gen Fiat Punto is reported to be based on a stretched version of the Fiat 326 platform.

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.

Fiat Punto Pure side at Auto Expo 2016
The next gen Punto is expected to have a slightly longer wheelbase than the current model.

Also Read: Fiat Mobi (Renault Kwid-rival) launched in Brazil

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

[Source: Auto Esporte]

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