Those who are on a budget but still want Italian chic would love the Fiat Punto. Its steering isn’t as responsive as a Volkswagen Golf and its gear shifting doesn’t have a high level of precision but its value for money makes it very appealing. Fiat tweaked the model that was first launched in 2005, giving it improvements to its front end, interior and trim.
The 2012 model will feature some of the modifications that were also featured on the Punto Evo.
It will be seen at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. Sales will start early next year in all European major markets. The exterior of the Punto comes with a new front recognizable by a bumper that has the same shade as the body, rather than plastic). Fiat Punto will serve as a point of reference with regards to engine innovation.
Fiat said that they’re becoming more dynamic but will be even more fuel-sufficient with the use of diesel (MultiJet) and petrol (MultiAir) supply, “combining innovation with eco-friendliness every single time.”
In addition, it will be powered by the award-winning 900cc two-cylinder taken from the little 500. The 85hp units, when combined to a 6-speed manual gearbox, could significantly improve Punto’s rating of 98 grams of CO2 per kilometer. At this year’s IAA in Frankfurt, the new Fiat Panda will make its world debut alongside three Abarth special that have a ton of fan appeal.
While the 2012 Fiat Punto still features the model’s hallmark shape, it has become more distinctive and more elegant. Fiat implemented a number of modifications on the exterior and interior of the new Punto. For instance, the 2012 version of the Punto features a new body-colored front bumper that fuses the design strengths of those of the 2005 Grande Punto and the 2009 Punto Evo. While the two air intakes have been separated by the number plate, they are still contained in a single trapezium-shaped perimeter.
Well-located within the Punto’s lower air intake are its the round fog lights with cornering function while the direction indicators are still placed on the sides of the number plate. Adorning the front end is a black grille with a hexagonal mesh pattern, which allows it to stand out from the rest of the Punto. The rear end, meanwhile, features a Fiat badge that also serves as the door lock – a simple push would open the tailgate. Just beneath the badge is the Punto logo with the same red dot as the Fiat badge.
Sitting beneath the body-colored rear bumper are the elongated rear fog and reversing lights that are integrated into the surrounding surface. For the 2012 model year, the new Fiat Punto is specified with newly designed 15-inch alloy wheels and could now be availed in three new metallic body colors. Moreover, the TwinAir new trim level features a dedicated color -- Unplugged Green – that could be matched with a glossy black roof as an option.