The Fiat Grande Punto’s sales for the month of April where at an all time low of about 900 odd units, selling less than even its elder sibling- the Linea. Sure the Punto does not deserve this. It is one gorgeous looking car, loaded to the brim & has a beautiful chassis that gives it excellent driving dynamics.
Many factors are responsible for the low sales but one of them is the engine. The Punto is a premium hatch so doesn’t it deserve a premium engine? Well Fiat have realized that and according to Autoholiks, exactly a year after the launch of the Punto i.e on 17th June 2010, the company is expected to roll out a more powerful version of the car.
Christened as the ‘Punto Sports’ this variant will get a more powerful version of the 1.3 Multijet i.e with the VGT technology-the same one that powers the Linea. Power output is expected to be around 90 BHP & the car has a juicy 205 NM of torque.
The car will have more changes , it will get larger tires that will adorn some hot looking alloy wheels, smoked out headlamps, a rear spoiler, some body graphics (which we dislike!), & also sporty looking black & red leather interiors. Fiat might also offer a massive sunroof to add to ‘oomph’ factor.The car will be priced at a premium over the standard Fiat Punto.
The car was displayed at the 10th Auto Expo & ever since enthusiasts have been waiting with a bated breath to see this hot hatch on the roads. Well the wait will soon come to an end & we can’t wait to take this one out on the road!
Source - Indian cars bikes
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