The recently formed Stellantis group has confirmed the launch of the next-gen Fiat Punto and here are the details. The Punto was quite a popular hatchback in India, especially among driving enthusiasts. It had developed a sort of cult following of its own. Anyone who drove it was impressed by its driving dynamics. Traditionally, India has not had too many hot-hatches that focus on the driver and driving. Punto was different. It was only in 2019 when Fiat discontinued the Punto and Linea and wrapped up its business from this part of the world. The FCA group only has the Jeep brand in India and is focussing on localization for it. It has learned its lesson and is planning to launch SUVs that are made in India to offer a better value proposition for buyers. Now, Stellantis, the parent group of FCA, has announced that the Punto will be revived. Here are the details of the Fiat Punto.
Stellantis Announces Fiat Punto – Details
It was earlier in 2021, that the Stellantis brand was formed as the conglomerate of American FCA Group and French PSA Group. It has announced the revival of the iconic Fiat Punto which was popular not only in India but more so in the European market. Punto is a premium hatchback which had many fans in India. The powerful engine and great driving and handling characteristics were the strong suits of the Punto back until 2019 in India. According to these images, the front end of the hatchback/crossover features a stylish grille flanked by sleek headlamps with LED DRLs, Front Parking Sensors, Sporty Skid Plate and Bumper, Fog Lamp Housing and a Long Bonnet Line.
The side profile is relatively simple but sophisticated, with minimal creases, stylish Alloy Wheels, Red Accent above the window line and a slanting roof towards the rear. The rear features an integrated roof spoiler, sleek LED taillamps, large FIAT moniker engraved in the boot lid, sporty bumpers, twin exhaust with chrome finish and skid plate. The reflector lights on the edge of the bumper give a sporty impression. It will be based on the CMP which underpins the likes of Peugeot 208 in the international markets and might also underpin the upcoming Citroen C3 Aircross compact SUV in India.
The Fiat Punto might have the powerful 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine making 130 hp and an option of hybrid technology. There might be a 6-speed manual or an automatic gearbox option to transmit the power from the engine to the wheels. The launch of the Fiat Punto in India is unlikely considering the fact that Fiat has left India.
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