Fiat Punto facelift spied wearing Avventura grille and lights
Fiat Punto facelift launch is just around the corner. The Italian automaker promised four products for India this year out of which only Linea facelift was untethered earlier this year. With 6 months to go for introducing 3 more cars, Punto facelift, Avventura and 500 Abarth, Fiat could launch one after the other in say July, August and October respectively, before crackers start to burst.
Avid RushLane reader Prathik Shetty managed to click hi-res pictures of Punto facelift which reveals exterior and interior detailing. 2014 Grand Punto is known to share interior design from sedan brother Linea facelift and exterior parts from Crossover sibling Avventura.
As evident from spy shots, new Punto facelift does wear stretched honeycomb front grille akin to Avventura’s showcased at 2014 Delhi Auto Expo. Fog lamps does not seem to sport LED DRLs, but round light unit at the centre of trapezium chrome trim can be partially seen. Headlamp assembly is similar to Avventura’s, clear lens tail lamps and Outside Rear View Mirrors (ORVM) with embedded turn indicators are clearly shared. Facelifted Punto gets sporty 16 inch alloys fitted with Apollo 195/55 radial tires.
Interiors of upcoming refreshed Punto was earlier seen testing with two tone dashboard resembling that of facelift Linea. Now additional thick brown finish trim (wood like) running across the dash is visible following contours of circular AC vent and centre console, separating beige and black. Steering looks same as one in new Linea, and so does centre console design, air vents and buttons. Seat gets new fabric with black on beige scheme. Gear rod head was wrapped in faux-leather with red stitching, as mentioned by Prathik.
Engine options in current Punto hatchback includes 1.2 and 1.4 liter petrol engines churning out 68 bhp, 96 Nm and 90 bhp, 115 Nm respectively. Diesel mills include two 1.3 liter units generating 75 bhp, 197 Nm and 90 bhp 209 Nm respectively; all four options featuring same 5 speed manual transmission.
Will new Punto facelift come with higher tune of power? Will interior plastic quality be as good as Linea’s?