Fiat Punto Evo Launched in India
Fiat Group Automobiles India launched their new compact car Punto Evo with introductory price ranging from Rs 4.55 lakh to Rs 7.19 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
The model is aimed to give competition to the likes of Maruti Suzuki’s Swift, Hyundai i20 and Honda Brio, which are priced between Rs 3.99 lakh and Rs 7.76 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
Fiat’s President and Managing Director Nagesh Basavanhalli said the company will continue to expand its presence in the Indian market. He further added, “We are now strengthening our product portfolio in India with cars that are designed and engineered keeping the Indian conditions and needs in mind.”
The Punto Evo will come with two options. Under the petrol category are 1.2 litre and 1.4 litre engines that produce 67 BHP and 89 BHP respectively. The petrol version of the new Punto Evo features F.I.R.E. or Fully Integrated Robotized Engine (Fiat should have come with a safer acronym.) The diesel variant of the car comes with a 1.3-litre MultiJet engine. In all variants, the Fiat Punto Evo transmits power to the wheels through a five-speed transmission gearbox.
On the exterior, the Fiat Punto Evo comes with reindeer headlamps, rear fog lamps and body colored bumpers, whereas on the interior the car brings a dual tone dashboard and a rear parcel shelf. For the driver’s convenience, there’s hydraulic power steering, front power windows with delay and auto down functions. Among other special features, there’s a rear seat metal back for safety and longevity, smart power windows with auto-roll up, dead pedal for clutch foot rest mirrors that blink with ORVMs technology and follow-me headlamps.
The company also plans to launch the compact SUV Avventura which was showcased at the Auto Expo in February, within the next 60 days.
Fiat, which is present in the country through a wholly- owned subsidiary, is adding new models in its portfolio this year to rev-up its sales. Fiat targets a product line up of five vehicles by December this year and nine by 2016 in its Indian line up.