The widely acclaimed all-new Fiat Punto, known as Grande Punto in deference to its class-leading overall size, goes on sale in the UK on Saturday 11 February.
Fiat Auto’s attractive new supermini is the largest car in the highly competitive B segment, combining class-leading accommodation with high quality build, flexible and practical interiors, comprehensive equipment levels, state-of-the-art technology and the superior driving dynamics of larger, higher segment vehicles.
As a result of top quality construction, research and development, Grande Punto, which has undergone a gruelling testing regime comprising more than 3,000,000 miles, also meets the highest safety standards. Benefiting from the company’s unrivalled expertise in the field of small cars, new Punto has been awarded a maximum 5-star safety rating in the gruelling Euro NCAP crash test programme. Achieving 5 stars for passenger safety, 3 stars for child protection and a further 3 for pedestrian protection, the new Fiat recorded a total of 33 points out of a possible 37 - the highest overall score yet recorded in its market category.
Thirteen versions of the new Punto, priced from a remarkably competitive £7594 - £12,295 on-the-road, will be available from launch, embracing five trim levels - Active, Active Sport, Dynamic, Eleganza and Sporting. Augmenting an interior design founded on the fundamental pre-requisites of class-leading space, high quality build, and visual and tactile sophistication, the new Fiat’s equipment specification has been carefully considered to simplify and enhance life on board. Standard equipment on all versions includes ABS anti-lock braking, remote central locking, driver and passenger front airbags, electric front windows, a CD player, Dualdrive electric power steering and Follow Me Home headlamps.
This comprehensive equipment package is boosted by a range of innovative, safety and comfort enhancing options more usually reserved for higher segment cars, such as dual-zone climate control, cruise control, rain and parking sensors, a SkyDome glass sunroof occupying almost the entire roof area, a multi-CD and MP3 player with subwoofer, and hands-free Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity.
The all-new Punto has already picked up some notable international media awards, including The Golden Steering Wheel (Germany); Auto Europa (Italy), and Best City Car (France). It goes on sale in the UK, which has been its predecessor’s leading export market, with a choice of six powerplants, including the widest diesel engine range in its category: 1.2 litre, 65bhp and 1.4 litre, 77bhp versions of the renowned 8-valve Fire petrol engine, and four turbocharged examples of Fiat’s sophisticated direct injection MultiJet diesel engine technology: 120bhp and 130bhp variants of the widely acclaimed 1.9 litre 8-valve MultiJet, as well as 75bhp and 90bhp versions of the award winning 1.3 litre 16-valve unit – the world’s smallest and most advanced second generation common rail direct injection turbodiesel.
Both petrol engines, together with the 75bhp, 1.3 litre MultiJet unit, are mated to 5-speed manual gearboxes; whilst the 90bhp, 1.3 litre turbodiesel as well as the 120bhp and 130bhp versions of the 1.9 litre MultiJet engine are equipped with 6-speed manual transmissions.
Future additions to the engine range include a 95bhp 1.4 litre 16-valve petrol engine, which, along with the option of Dualogic - a sophisticated, clutchless, 5-speed sequential manual shift with a selectable, fully automatic mode - will be available later in the year. Further, more powerful engine options are in the ‘pipeline’.Published 2 February 2006