FIAT plans to bring back the original Punto back to the market. The company is set to re-launch their Punto hatchback and will name it as Punto Pure. With an intention to clear out the carmaker’s inventory, the pre-facelift Punto will be rolled out. The Puntos manufactured in 2014 will receive the Pure badge. Following the launch of Punto Evo in August 2014 the production of the original Punto was halted and since then its unsold stock has piled up in the carmaker’s facility.
Since the Punto Pure will actually be old rebadged models they are surely to sell cheaper therefore the Punto Pure will be aggressively priced. And further to attract customers the car will be loaded with features up to the brim, similar to the package offered through the Fiat Linea Classic.
The Punto Pure will roll out in three variants, the base trim – Active, mid- Dynamic and the top end trim called as the Emotion. These variants will be offered with similar engine configuration as the Fiat Punto Evo. A 1.3 liter Multijet diesel engine will generate a power of 75bhp and 197 Nm of torque. On the other hand, petrol versions will come powered by Fiat’s 1.2-liter and 1.4-liter FIRE powermills producing 68bhp of power and 96Nm of torque and 90bhp and 115Nm of torque, respectively. The power will be sent to the wheels by a 5-speed manual gearbox on all variants.
The Emotion variant of the Fiat Punto Pure is expected to receive a host of features like a double-din infotainment system featuring Microsoft’s Blue&Me, steering mounted controls, dual front airbags, ABS and EBD. The said variant will drive on alloy wheels. On the re-launch, the base variants of the Fiat Punto Pure will go head on with the Maruti Celerio, Hyundai i10, Chevrolet Beat and the base trim of the Maruti Swift. The top spec version will take on the new Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai i20 and the Volkswagen Polo.