Abarth Punto Evo Launched by Fiat at Rs.9.95 lakh

The new Abarth Punto Evo has been launched by Fiat here in India and the company has priced it at a fairly competitive Rs.9.95 lakh. One of the very limited performance hatchbacks available today, the car will be taking on the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI and the Ford Figo automatic edition in the markets here in India.

The car is powered by a 1.4 litre T-Jet engine from Fiat which delivers 145bhp in terms of power as well as 212Nm in terms of torque. Mated to a five speed manual gearbox, the Abarth Punto Evo is one of the few sub 10 lakh hatchbacks that deliver more than 100bhp of power and is the highest rated among this group. The suspension too has seen a change and will have added braking power with the help of all four disc brakes.

Abarth Punto Evo

The car is a follow up to the 595 Competizione and will be sold under the Abarth badge. It is based largely on the Punto Evo but has both cosmetic as well as mechanical updates.

In terms of looks, the car looks sporty and has decals with 16 inch alloy wheels. The Fiat logo too sees a change and has been replaced by the Abarth scorpion. The interior too has been made keeping in mind the sporty feel of the car. Available in hip hop black as well as pearl white colours, the Abarth will look to make itself a niche player in the premium hatchback segment.

Abarth Punto Evo to be Launched on 19th October

The Abarth Punto Evo will be launched by Fiat on 19th October here in India. This will make the car the first “affordable performance hatchback” in the nation.

The Punto is to be sold with the Abarth badge only like the Abarth 595 and the Abarth Scorpion will be replacing the Fiat logo on the car as well. The paint scheme too will be different on the badge in a bid to keep in line with the sporty lineage of the car.

Abarth Punto Evo

The Punto will be based on the on the basic Fiat hatchback but will use the 1.4 litre turbocharged T-Jet engine which delivers 143bhp in terms of power as well as 200Nm in terms of torque. The car will be a front wheel drive mated to a five speed manual gearbox with other mechanical changes including four disc brakes as well as better suspension. This will mean better stopping power as well as better driver dynamics.

In terms of interiors, the Abarth Punto has metal pedals, leather upholstery as well as the features that come with the top of the line Punto Evo. The Abarth Punto Evo is likely to cost around Rs.1 lakh above the top end model of the current car. In terms of pricing, the Abarth Punto will be taking on the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI but is at a significant advantage when it comes to power output.

Fiat Egea Spotted Without Camouflage Prior to its Launch

Fiat is getting all set to launch its Egea sedan next month and the car has just been spotted without camouflage for the first time giving more insight into the looks of the car.

The Egea looks quite good and is set to replace the Bravo. Already under production, the Egea looks like an evolutionary advancement over the Bravo and is already set for production in Turkey.

In terms of design the Egea features the Fiat front grille, axe shaped headlamps and muscular bonnet. The car also looks like it has 17 inch wheels on the side with a small boot opening and a high bumper.

Fiat Egea

The car is to be offered in two petrol as well as diesel engine options which would deliver an output in the range of 95 to 120bhp with two transmission options also likely, that is the six-speed Auto Transmission as well as the six speed manual.

In terms of interiors, the car has a large steering wheel, a new instrument cluster, a climate control system as well as a 5 inch infotainment system.

The Fiat Egea is likely to be displayed by the company at the Auto Expo in 2016 with an end of 2016 launch scheduled for the country. This would make India one of the first among the RHD markets to get the car and the release strategy is likely to be similar to that of the Linea Classic.

 

Under Production Aegea Renamed Egea by Fiat

The 2015 Istanbul Motor Show saw the revealing of the Aegea, which is the four-door sedan from Fiat and news is now coming in that Fiat will be renaming it before the official launch. The company had already hinted at the show that they would be giving a new name to car once the launch was closer and have now confirmed that indeed it will be referred to as the “Egea”, that is, without the “A” in its name.

To be powered by two petrol engines and two Fiat Multi Jet II diesel engines in various tuning states, the car is likely to deliver between 94bhp and 118bhp in terms of power. It has already been spotted doing production runs in Turkey, where it will be launched first and has looked quite impressive to begin with. The car measures in at 4.5 metres in length, 1.48 metres in height and about 1.78 metres in width. It also has a 2.64 metre long wheelbase.

Under Production Aegea Renamed Egea by Fiat

In terms of features, Fiat is looking to add automatic climate control, multi function steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity as well as a touchscreen infotainment system making it a complete package for the driver.

In terms of India plans, Fiat will look towards the Egea to do better than the Linea in the market. Fiat doesn’t really have much going for it in the Indian market now and a successful launch would go a long way in establishing the credibility of the brand in the country.

Upcoming Sport Pickup Teased by Fiat

Fiat is coming out with a sport utility pickup which is being called the “Toro” and the company has teased the car before an official launch. The vehicle is a ‘cross-breed’ of sorts as it is said to bring together the characteristics and strengths of a truck and combine it with the driveability that comes with an SUV.

Looking at the teaser images, it does look like the car is similar to the FCC4 four-door concept in terms of design. The concept has been seen at Sao Paolo Motor Show last year and there are a lot of takeaways from that and the teaser image.

Upcoming Sport Pickup Teased by Fiat

In terms of engine, Fiat is rumoured to have based the vehicle on the present gen Mitsubishi Triton and is set to borrow the engine from the company with a bi-fuel 1.8-litre motor delivering about 140bhp in terms of power.
The Toro is also likely to come with both a two wheel as well as a four wheel drive option.
The car looks sleek and stylish with a hexagonal grill on the front fascia, a tall front end and sleek LED headlights and has been designed keeping South America largely in mind. Pickups in the continent are on high demand and the company is looking to cash in on this with its line up. The Toro will be one sale following an official debut and is set to take on the Volkswagen Amarok and the Toyota HiLux.