As the Retro and Café theme is taking everyone by storm, FIAT India has taken a head start with several FIAT Caffe`s in India. Unfortunately they don`t have one in Mumbai, yet. Never mind, CCD to the rescue then which happened to be the flag off venue for the new Fiat Punto Evo media drive. A quick brief about the Evo was followed by the flag off by Mr. Giancarlo Bertoldi – Head of Product Development, APAC region – FIAT Chrysler. The drive was to and fro Della Adventure Resorts – Lonavala. An apt venue for a single day media drive which gave us enough opportunities to experience the Punto Evo in all possible conditions – from Mumbai traffic to Khandala twisties and of course, the fast bits in between. We have already given you quick live updates, time to delve deeper. Read on..
Images: Hanoz Patel
The Punto Evo is basically the Punto and the Grande Punto under the skin however, the Evo remains the most comprehensive upgrade that the Punto has seen. It draws a lot of design inspiration from the `crossover` concept, the FIAT Avventura.
We always loved the Punto`s looks, well who didn`t but with Evo, FIAT has taken another significant step forward. The big inverted trapezoidal front grill with chrome surrounds catches your attention with the thick horizontal matte black slat in the lower half. The over-sized fog lamp receptors get a generous double dose of chrome embellishment as well. The large grill gets an additional polished black slat as well as the chrome slat on the lower grill on the 1.4 Petrol version we drove initially while the 90HP version gives this a skip. In either formats, the front end looks highly worked upon along with the new peeled back effect headlamps.
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The FIAT logo now moves up the nose. The engine hood of the Evo also receives a power bulge. The turn indicators are now hidden on the insides of the headlamps and are barely noticeable until they start flashing. The side profile remains similar apart from the fresh set of 15” alloy wheels. The alloys on the Petrol and the Diesel Evos are different, we love the ones on the petrol Punto pictured here. The Punto Evo finally receives the jazzy set of tail lamps that were released internationally in 2012. The new LED effect tail lamps look stunning, take a look for yourself and you`ll agree. A similar neon look is also found on the Verito Vibe, but the designers at FIAT have executed it in a stunning manner.
The rear fog lamp/reverse lights at the bottom of the bumpers seem to have grown in size as well and now receive extra chrome highlights. The Evo also sports a chrome strip at the bottom which hints a connect between the lights. The Punto logo has a received a style upgrade as well, but the placement remains the same as before – on the left hand side of the hatch door. The license plate remains in the centre of the bumper as before as well. The rear spoiler with LED stop lamp makes a comeback with the Punto Evo. FIAT claims that the liberal splashing of chrome is based on Indian customer feedback and demand, we agree, but personally for our tastes toning them down by a notch would be nicer. The ORVMs now have LED effect turn indicators as well. FIAT have skimped on rear parking sensors, a common safety and convenience feature found on most cars these days.