Scoop: Fiat Punto EVO replaces older model, no Punto classic
Fiat Punto EVO to be launched on 5th August 2014 is a replacement to current model of Punto hatchback, confirmed by a source in Fiat India.
Unlike the case of Fiat Linea mid-size sedan, in which earlier edition is sold alongside 2014 Linea facelift as Linea Classic, new Punto EVO will be the only product from Fiat India in premium hatchback segment. Therefore current model will not be rebadged as Fiat Punto Classic and sold at lower price. In fact, production of Fiat Punto was already discontinued in May 2014 and left over units were sold at discount of up to Rs. 50,000.
In case of Linea, since price difference between facelift version and older variant is more than Rs. 1 lakh. Hence Fiat retained the predecessor as Linea Classic so that it will benefit customers looking for more affordable sedan from Fiat’s stable. Whereas, price of Punto EVO would not be highly upwards of older version, hence Punto Classic may not turn out to be favourable for customers as well as the Italian automaker.
New Fiat Punto EVO will be available in three variants, Active, Dynamic and Emotion with petrol engine and same three trims with an extra Sports variant with diesel motor. Pricing of each variant will largely affect its stand in market, especially when its competing cars are being revamped and launched around the same time.