Fiat India is prepping a major overhaul for its Punto hatchback that was originally introduced in the country in 2009. The said Punto Facelift model is slated to make its commercial debut in India before the end of 2014. Now according to new reports, coming out of Europe, it is believed that the upcoming Punto model could be the final facelift that we will ever see, before being replaced by an all-new model. And this all-new model is speculated to be called Fiat 500 Plus.
The Fiat 500 Plus is said to arrive in the European market in 2016 and could land on Indian shores by 2017. The new model will be underpinned by Fiat’s ‘New Global Small Platform’, which is essentially, a stretched version of the Fiat Chrysler’s small architecture. The new Fiat 500 Plus will be slotted between the 3,545mm three door Fiat 500 and the 4,150mm Fiat 500L MPV in the brand’s portfolio.
Furthermore, the Punto’s replacement model will be built at the company’s plant in Tychy, Poland. The said manufacturing facility is slated to receive an investment of 784 million U.S dollars in order to be re-tooled, upgraded and prepared for the production launch of the five-door Punto replacement. Targeted production numbers for the Fiat 500 Plus is 1,80,000 unit per annum. Besides, Fiat is also considering to recruit a workforce of around 420 people, in addition to 3,000 employees that are already working at its plant in Poland. Up to 96 per cent of the production at the Poland plant will be exported.