Fiat reintroduces the original Punto as a more affordable version of the Punto, badged as the Punto Pure
Fiat has re-launched its original pre face-lift version of the Punto in the form of the Punto Pure. The car retains its sleek styling cues in comparison to the current generation Punto Evo model. Although, Fiat has raised the ride height of the car based on customer feedback, as a result the Punto Pure is taller than the first-gen Punto model. Fiat has launched the Punto Pure in a single variant only and it will not come as a fully loaded variant as the aim was to bring in an affordable version of the Punto. As a result, Fiat has priced the petrol fueled Punto Pure at Rs. 4.49 lakh while the diesel model is priced at Rs. 5.59 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi.
The petrol model is powered by the same 1.2 litre FIRE engine developing 67bhp of power @ 6,000 rpm and 96Nm of torque @ 2,500 rpm. The Fiat Punto Pure diesel is powered by the company’s 1.3 litre Multi-jet turbocharged unit developing 74bhp of power @ 4,000 rpm and 197Nm of torque @ 1,750 rpm.
The Fiat Punto Pure will be availed in a choice of three colours, namely Exotica Red, Hip Hop Black and White.
Apart from the launch of the Fiat Punto Pure, the Italian car maker also showcased a more powerful version of the Linea mid-size sedan that continues to be powered by the 1.4 litre turbocharged T-Jet petrol engine developing 125bhp of max power @ 5,000 rpm and 210Nm of peak torque @ 2,200 rpm. The engine is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.
The Fiat Linea 125S will be available only with an exterior colour shade of Saffire Blue with a black roof. Equipment aboard the Fiat Linea 125S will include leather upholstery, soft touch instrument panel, ambient lighting, 5 inch touch screen infotainment system, cruise control, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, rear parking sensors, ABS with EBD, dual front airbags and 16 inch black alloy wheels to keep with its sporty nature. Fiat will launch the 125S Linea during mid 2016.
Fiat also showcased another version of the Punto Evo in the form of the Fiat Urban Cross concept which is closer to the Avventura model with a crossoveresque design. The Urban Cross features enhanced design elements that gives it more of an upmarket appeal. The Fiat Urban Cross concept too is powered by the company’s 1.4 litre T-Jet engine, mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. Peak power and torque outputs are rated at 140bhp @5,500 rpm and 210Nm @ 2,000 – 4,000 rpm.