Likely to be called Fiat Primo, the Punto’s successor is reportedly to be unveiled in November 2017 and will go on sale in 2018
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We informed you earlier that Fiat is working on an all-new hatchback, which will come as a replacement for the Fiat Punto. According to a report published on Passion Auto Italy, the Fiat Punto successor for European markets could be announced in November 2017. The company has already started testing the hatchback and is expected to be launched in the international markets in 2018. Adding to it, a leaked product roadmap of Fiat confirms that the new hatchback is in the works. The new B-Segment hatchback will be slotted between the Fiat Argo and the Tipo hatchback. If reports are to be believed, the premium hatchback could be called Fiat Primo.
The Fiat Primo is reportedly to be based on the Fiat X6H platform that also underpins the Fiat Argo. The vehicle will not share design cues from the Argo, instead it will be an all-new car with styling cues to be shared from the Tipo siblings. The report further indicates that the Punto successor will get better comfort, convenience and safety features. There could be structural changes to offer stronger crash protection. It will rival against the likes of new VW Polo, Ford Fiesta hatch and Nissan Micra.
Fiat is currently making the Punto in India, and the next generation model could also make its way to our market. The India-spec model is powered by a 90bhp, 1.3-litre MJD diesel engine, which is unlikely to be offered on the next-gen Punto. The new generation model is likely to get Fiat’s new Fire family, which will be developed at the company’s Bielsko-Biala, Poland plant.
The Punto’s successor will get all-new exterior and interior with several comfort, convenience and safety features. With premium features, the hatchback is likely to be priced slightly higher than the outgoing model. We expect this hatchback to cost between Rs 5.2 lakh and Rs 8 lakh. Also Read – Fiat Mobi – A Perfect Entry-level Car For India
If reports are to be believed, Fiat will make an official announcement on the Punto’s successor in November 2018. It will first go on sale in the European markets in 2018. In India, the premium hatchback could be launched in 2019. We will update you as soon as Fiat announces its launch details.
The global model is likely to be equipped with Fiat’s new Fire family. It is expected to share its engine lineup with the Argo, which is available with the 1.0-litre Firefly and 1.3-litre FireFly. The sportier model could get a larger 1.8-litre e.TorQ 4-cylinder motor. In India, the hatchback could get a 1.4-litre petrol engine. The oil burner could be an all-new 1.5-litre unit, which will be a stripped down version of the current 1.6-litre MJD unit.
Instead of the current platform, the Punto’s successor is likely to be based on Fiat’s X6H platform that also underpins the Fiat Argo. The hatchback is expected to get drastic changes on the exterior as well as interior. It will share styling cues from the Fiat Tipo hatchback. The cabin will be equipped with improved quality material & plastic, and will be equipped with several new premium features. The hatchback will get Fiat’s family face with radiator grille and sweptback headlamps. Inside the cabin, the B-segment hatchback could get Uconnect infotainment system with a 5-inch touchscreen display, multifunctional steering wheel, automatic climate control, etc.