One of the most exciting cars to be displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show is the Fiat Punto Evo, the revised version of the Grande Punto. The model, which is expected to go on sale in the UK in the spring, gets upgrades in its styling as well as with its engine range, which now includes the innovative 1.4-liter petrol Multiair unit.
The Alfa Romeo Mito would be the first car in the Fiat family to receive the engine while the Punto Evo would be the second. The innovative Multiair system is claimed by Fiat to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 10%, improve power by 10% and torque output by up to 15%.
The system works by allowing direct control of air and combustion in engines, cylinder by cylinder and stroke by stroke, without the use of a conventional throttle.
The system also reduces particulate emissions by up to 40% and NOx emissions by up to 60%. Fiat said that it plans to fit the technology to all its engines in the coming years.
Engine range also includes a new Multijet 1.3-litre diesel, which features a new common-rail injector that reduces consumption by around 2% and NOx emissions by 30%.
The car also runs on methane and LPG units but these won't be on sale in the UK. Stop-start will be fitted as standard on all its Euro5-compliant petrol and diesel engines.
The interior has been completely reworked. On its exterior, you will see the addition of new bumpers and light clusters. While all other dimensions are the same, the car measures 406cm from 403cm, slightly longer than before.
Offered as standard are seven airbags, including a driver's kneebag. You can opt to include a hill holder function to make hillstarts easier, and adaptive cornering fog lights that switch on according to the angle of steering. A new sat-nav system called Blue&Me-TomTom allows the driver to manage telephone, sat-nav and information systems via a single color touch screen.