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.
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.