The 2014 Fiat Grande Punto has been spotted undergoing trials, once again, around the company’s production facility in Ranjangaon, Pune. The camouflage on the front and rear of the car gives us an idea of what sections would be affected by the makeover.
Being just a facelift, the new Grande Punto will continue to use the current car’s architecture and underpinnings and some subtle cosmetic changes will set the new car apart from the older one. The front and rear will feature redesigned bumpers, more along the lines of the European-spec car. The door handles get chrome finish while the OVRMs also integrate indicators. The test mule sported smoked headlamps, redesigned fog lamps at the front and repositioned reflectors and clear lens indicator at the rear. The roof mounted spoiler is now more protruded and the light on it has increased in size too.
Inside, the changes are expected to be more pronounced and the facelift will feature a new dashboard layout with better quality materials. Fiat is likely to retain its tried and tested engine lineup for the facelifted car; the 1.3-litre Multijet diesesl, the 1.2-litre petrol and the 1.4-litre petrol. The Multijet engine is available in two guises producing 75bhp and 197Nm of torque and 90bhp and 209Nm of torque. The 1.2-litre petrol produces 67bhp and 96Nm of torque while the 1.4-litre petrol produces 89bhp and 115Nm of torque.
The facelifted Grande Punto will be launched by mid-2014 and is expected to retain its price bracket. In the B+ segment, the Grande Punto rivals the likes of Volkswagen Polo, Hyundai i20 and the Maruti Swift among others.