For the Punto's heir, Fiat's CMO would like a five-door 500 - Report

28/07/2015 - 15:06 | ,   | Anjan Ravi

Could be based on the Small-Wide platform.

A replacement for the aging Fiat Punto has thrown open plenty of speculations. While some publications stated that its design could be based on the Aegea concept, some have mentioned a 5-door Fiat 500 being a spiritual successor to the Punto.

Fiat Punto Evo front three quarters left at the launch
The current Fiat Punto has been on the market for 10 years now.

When asked about a replacement for the Punto, Olivier François, Head of Fiat brand and Chief Marketing Officer and a named member of the Group Executive Council (GEC), told AlVolante that he would like a "five-door 500, which has the appearance of the three", but "bigger and, of course, with two extra doors".

2016 Fiat 500 (facelift) front quarter unveiled press image
The 500 was given its first major facelift this month, which sees the inclusion of optional LED headlights in the small car.

An earlier report stated that the Punto successor will enter production sometime towards the end of 2016, and that the project is codenamed 'X6H'. The Small-Wide architecture is reported to be one of the platforms under consideration for the hatchback, which is now in the market for 10 years (the current Punto was premiered at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show).

Power for the new Punto could come from four-cylinder MultiJet diesel and petrol engines matched to manual and automated manual transmissions (AMT) with a standard front-wheel drive layout.

Fiat Global product plan until 2018
Fiat's global product plan for until 2018, released last year, confirmed a new Punto for Asia Pacific in late 2017.

Also read: Fiat Aegea hatch (Bravo successor) and estate to debut at Geneva 2016 – Report

For the Indian market, FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) stated in its investor presentation that a replacement for the Punto would arrive in 2017. It remains to be seen if India gets the global model, or one that is market-specific.

[Source - Alvolante]

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