Facelifted Fiat Punto


The Fiat Punto has been given a minor facelift and some new engines to try and keep it competitive.

The name has returned to plain old "Punto" – the title "Punto Evo" has been dropped, possibly because everyone ignored the "Evo" bit anyway. There will be five trim levels, Pop, Easy, Lounge, GBT and TwinAir. The Pop version has a trip computer, remote central locking, six airbags, radio, CD and MP3 player, rear head restraints and ABS anti-lock braking. The Easy version will be the big seller and features body-coloured door handles and mirrors, remote control door locking, a 60:40 split fold rear bench, heated mirrors and manual air-conditioning. The range-topping Lounge gets sports seats, climate control, cruise control, white ambient light on the dash and front fog lights.
The GBT model, apparently built to celebrate Fiat's support for British Cycling, is based on the Easy version, with sportier wheels, sports suspension, privacy glass, a body coloured rear spoiler and side skirts. The TwinAir model is also based on the Easy with 15-inch alloy wheels, gloss black mirror covers and door pillars, unique seats, and darkened privacy glass.

There are now five petrol engines and two diesels. Star of the petrol range is the TwinAir from the Fiat 500, which has only 875 cc and two cylinders, but unfeasibly strong performance, thanks to its 85 bhp output. Other petrol engines range from the long-established 1.2 FIRE engine with 68 bhp through to the 1.4 Turbo with 133 bhp.

Finally there is a pair of MultiJet 2 diesels. These put out 75 and 85hp with the latter engine emitting just 90g/km of CO2.
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