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Next gen Fiat Punto envisioned via rendering; interiors spied

Next gen Fiat Punto rendering

The long overdue replacement is expected to be ready towards the end of 2016 or early 2017.

After a prolonged period of uncertainty, the next gen Fiat Punto hatchback finally appears to be on track to see the light of day. While the seemingly production ready prototypes have started doing rounds in Brazil with misleading disguise, OminiAuto of Italy has come up with a speculative rendering.

While several earlier speculations pegged the next gen Punto to be a 5-door 500 as far as design is concerned, the latest rendering subscribes to an entirely different thought process. The new Punto is likely to derive its styling inspiration from the Egea sedan (called as the Tipo in EMEA) and the striking new front grille appears to be on course to become the central piece of the Italian automaker’s new identity.

Next gen Fiat Punto spyshots (2)

The Brazilian test prototypes of the Fiat hatchback featured basic interiors but international version is expected to have more premium appeal.

The Punto is envisioned with very narrow headlamps and a sporty bumper with foglights and LED DRLs. The profile features a smooth roofline, blacked out C-pillar a la Hyundai Elite i20 and a customary waistline. Going by the interior spyshots of the Brazilian test mules, dashboard design is fresh yet built to cost. One can expect the European version to be plusher and tech laden.

It’s a bit too early to speculate about the hardware details but expect the next gen Fiat Punto to sit on the FCA’s Small Wide modular architecture that caters to several products like Fiat 500L, 500X, Jeep Renegade, Dodge Dart, etc.

Next gen Fiat Punto – Spyshots

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Winner of national level automotive quiz competitions, Nithyanandh aka Nithz jumped into the blogosphere right after gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Love for automobiles and an even greater drive to share his knowledge with the automotive community, Nithz is Deputy Editor at RushLane.

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