Fiat cars are usually very catchy and appealing, and that's largely because they come from Italy, a country known for aesthetics. Fiat made its official re-entry in India with Tata Motors and launched the Fiat Punto hatchback, which happened to be the third generation of the car. Manufactured first in 1993, the current Fiat Punto (Grand Punto) was first unveiled in 2005 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
And now, Fiat Punto will enter its fourth generation after 12 years, as the next-generation of the hatchback is currently under development in Brazil. The 2017 Fiat Punto is known under the codename Fiat X6H and will only be offered in a 5-door version. The 2017 Punto will be heavily inspired from the recently unveiled Fiat Tipo sedan.
If the renderings from Omni Auto are to be believed, the next-generation Punto will borrow its design cues from the Fiat Egea/ Tipo sedan. The same design elements will be carried by the Fiat Tipo hatchback and Fiat Tipo Estate too, both of which are expected to be launched next year. But the renderings show that the Fiat Punto will be more stylish and aggressive than the Tipo cousins.
The renderings are based on the recent spy shots from Brazil which revealed that the front end will carry sleek and stylish swept back headlamps. The 2017 Punto will also have the pillar-mounted speakers, cruise control functions on the steering wheel and steering-mounted gear paddles. Other elements like the grille and the body stance is carried from the Tipo sedan for the rendering.
There have been various reports related to the power units of the new Punto which suggests that the hatchback will get three petrol engines. One will be the new 1.4 GSE (Global Small Engine) with the aluminum block and the others would be a E-Torq 1.6L and a E-Torq 1.8L motor. The 1.4-litre unit will produce atleast 100 hp and 140 Nm of output while the rest of the units are not yet confirmed.
The new hatchback is currently under development in Brazil as told above and will be sold from the first half of 2017 in South America, followed by Europe and rest of the world.
Image Source: Omni Auto