Fiat Punto Pure launched in India at the 2016 Auto Expo; prices start from Rs. 4.49 lakh and it will act as entry-level hatchback model from FCA
FCA(Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) India wasted no time at the second day of the 2016 Auto Expo and unveiled the affordable version of the Punto hatchback. The B-segment Italian hatchback has received cosmetic upgrades inspired from the Avventura crossover back in September 2014 with the facelifted model called as ‘Punto Evo’. Based on that hatchback an Abarth high-performance derivative came to the fore for the Indian market.
But at the 13th Indian motoring show, Fiat has decided to go back in time with the launch of the Punto Pure which is essentially a pre-facelifted version of the currently running Punto Evo. It’s in the wake of the Italian manufacturer selling the Linea mid-size sedan concurrently with the pre-facelifted model dubbed as Linea Classic. To be available in Active, Dynamic and Emotion variants the Punto Pure will have a base petrol price of Rs. 4.49 lakh and Rs. 5.59 lakh for the top-end diesel model(all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).
With the below five lakh price bracket, the Punto Pure will go up against entry-level B-segment compact hatchbacks such as Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai i10, Honda Brio and Toyota Etios. The announced price range indicates that the Punto Pure is Rs. 50,000 cheaper than the Evo.
The five-seater Punto Pure will be offered with two engine choices, a 1.3 diesel and a 1.2 petrol. Fiat opted to go with the less powerful 1.3-litre Advanced Multi-jet diesel develops 76 PS of maximum power at 4,000 rpm and 197 Nm of peak torque at 1,750 rpm.
The 1.2-litre FIRE petrol SOHC motor is capable of pumping out 68 PS power at 6,000 rpm and 96 Nm of peak torque at 2,500 rpm. Both engines will be coupled with a five-speed manual transmission transferring power to the front wheels. The Punto Pure has similar dimensions as the Evo and it measures about 3987 mm in length, 1687 mm in width and 1525 mm in height.
It boasts independent suspension up front and semi-independent suspension at the rear for comfortable riding under any road conditions. Fiat claims the Punto Pure hatchback will cater for low cost of ownership whilst availing the functional and driveability balance. It sits on 14-inch standard steel wheels besides the Outside Rear View Mirrors and door handles are black painted with body-coloured bumpers and the featuring of rear fog lamps.