Fiat 500 Plus (Punto replacement) - Rendering

29/12/2014 - 14:49 | ,  ,   | Anjan Ravi

Decision to make a 5-door 500 up to management.

As past reports have suggested, Fiat's replacement for the Punto hatchback could well be a 5-door variant on the next generation Fiat 500. In this rendering, among many published in the past, DesignRM shows its iteration of a 5-door Fiat 500.

Fiat 500 Plus 5-door
The next generation 500 could spawn the Punto's successor.

The Punto was introduced in 2005 and a replacement is now overdue. However, Fiat has been consolidating its products, and has been focussing on introducing new models in key segments (the 500X is a key example).

Fiat has shown that it can well use the 500 nameplate to sell cars as small as the 3-door 500 to as large as the three-row, 7-seater 500L MPW, and models in between like the 500X and 500L. Hence, at least from a marketing standpoint, the company should have no problems in introducing another model such as the 500 Plus.

Fiat Punto Evo rear three quarter at the 2014 Nepal Auto Show
The Punto recently received a facelift in India.

In a previous report, Roberto Giolito, Fiat's designer, acknowledged that a 5-door 500 is indeed a possibility, but was ultimately a decision which the company's management would have to make.

Also read: Fiat India's MD quits

The Punto most recently received a major facelift in India, and averages monthly sales of 807 units per month (calculated for the past 6 months).

Competitors: Maruti Swift, VW Polo, Hyundai Elite i20, Honda Jazz
Expected Price: INR 4.5-7 lakhs, ex-Showroom

[Rendering from DesignRM]

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