shortly be unveiling its all-new Grande Punto, which goes on
sale in September.
Following in the wheeltracks of the original hugely
successful Punto hatchback, which has accounted for over six
million sales since its launch in 1993, the new Grande
Punto's objective is to regain leadership of the highly
competitive and crucially important European compact
In order to accomplish this aim, Grande Punto has been
designed from the outset to be a larger vehicle than is
typical for the class, so as to offer the highest possible
safety standards, class leading quality credentials, and the
best range of diesel engines available in this category
today, all at a very competitive price.
Boasting a persuasive combination of stylish, unmistakably
Italian good looks, and backed up by in-built quality and
durability, the new Grande Punto becomes available in three
and five door body styles and four distinct versions at
Designed by Italdesign-Giugiaro, in partnership with Centro
Stile Fiat, the style of the Grande Punto is distinguished
by the beauty of its exterior line. As with the exterior,
the interior represents the epitome of Italian style, thanks
both to the quality of materials used, and the care with
which detailing has been considered. The result is a cabin
environment notable for its bright, friendly feel, as well
as its obvious functionality.
Grande Punto is thus designed to quicken the pulses, while
offering a level of security, solidity and construction
quality of a vehicle from a higher segment.
Underpinned by attention to detail unusual in this market
segment, Grande Punto is also an exceptionally comfortable
vehicle - a factor indicated by its generous external
dimensions that put it at the top of the class. Grande Punto
measures 403cms in length, 168cms in width and 149cms in
height; and with a wheelbase of 251cms, an extraordinary
amount of internal space is guaranteed.
Grande Punto has also been meticulously engineered to be
both agile and responsive to drive. This lively new car is
powered by a potent range of environmentally-friendly petrol
and diesel engines, all of which conform to Euro 4 emissions
standards, and all of which blend top performance with low
fuel consumption. At launch there will be two petrol engine
options: 1.2 8v (65bhp) and a new 1.4 8v with 77bhp; and
four turbodiesels: 1.3 16v MultiJet (75bhp), or 1.3 MultiJet
with a variable geometry turbine (90bhp); and 1.9 MultiJet
with either 120 bhp or 130 bhp.
The arrival of the all-new Grande Punto will not signal the
end of the current Punto, which continues in production,
powered by petrol, diesel and methane engines, offering
significantly good value for money in certain key sectors.