Fiat has been extensively testing its soon to be launched 2014 Punto facelift. The vehicle has been spotted several times; however, the latest test mule of the hatchback was entirely un-camouflaged revealing everything.
The updated Punto shares its design elements with the Avventura crossover which is likely to go on sale in next few weeks. Going by the pictures, the vehicle gets new headlamps similar to the one found on the Avventura concept. The front fascia of the car gets restyled grille with chrome lining, while its new bumper accommodates wider grille and a new fog lamp assembly with chrome surrounds.
The side profile vastly resembles the current model; however, Fiat has made some smart changes to add some premium feel to it. Its flared wheel arches have been fitted to newly designed 5-spoke alloy wheels, while the door handles gets chrome inserts. At the back, the new Fiat Punto has revised taillights and bumper. Also visible is the use of chrome and new rear stop-lamps on the bumper.
The Fiat Punto is likely to be offered with two interior trims. While the standard models are likely to get a dual tone beige-black interior theme, few top-spec variants are expected to sport all-black interior scheme. This particular test mule features a full black interior. The equipments like steering wheel, gear knob, instrument cluster and others are directly lifted from its sedan sibling- Linea.
Under the hood, the Fiat Punto facelift is likely to carries over the current engine configuration. There will be two petrol and one diesel engine on offer. The gasoline version will have a 1.2L engine producing 68PS and a 1.4-litre unit that develops 90PS, while the oil burner will be powered by the tried & trusted 1.3-litre Multi-jet engine that offers two state of tunes- 76PS and 93PS. All the engines will be paired to a five-speed manual gearbox which sends the power to front wheels.
Source: TEAM FIAT MOTO CLUB