New Punto On Sale In Britain | Part Two

The New Punto

 

Augmenting an interior design founded on the fundamental pre-requisite of class- leading space, the new Punto now boasts a higher equipment availability than that previously offered in any car of this segment, including dual-zone climate control, a six button steering wheel for comprehensive stereo control, trip computer, rain and parking sensors, cruise control and five different telematics packages; stereo radio with tape player, CD player, CD and MP3 player, CONNECT OBN or satellite navigation.

Reinforcing the comprehensive nature of new Punto's equipment levels, a JATO sourced index of competitiveness, price adjusted for content, places the new Punto comfortably ahead of rivals from Peugeot, Citroen, Renault, Ford, and Vauxhall. This, allied to a policy of increasing the levels of standard equipment within version upgrades, enables the new Fiat Punto to offer outstanding value for money across the entire, 22 model range.

With a 4-star Euro NCAP safety rating and What Car? magazine's prestigious safety award (2000) to its name, the new Punto builds on an already impressive safety portfolio with the full range of braking, traction control and stability systems available today: ABS anti-lock brakes, complete with electronic brakeforce distribution, ASR to limit wheel slip during acceleration, MSR to modulate engine torque whilst changing down, and a sophisticated ESP to control stability through bends. Vehicles fitted with ESP also benefit from hydraulic brake assistance and a unique Hill Holder function to facilitate smooth hill starts.

The new Punto goes on sale with the widest, most comprehensive range of engines and transmissions available in B-segment today.

Three brand new engines make their first appearance in the new Punto: a remarkable 1.3 litre 16-valve 70 bhp Multijet common rail direct injection turbodiesel, a powerful Multijet 1.9 litre 100 bhp turbodiesel, and a spirited new FIRE 1.4 litre 16-valve 95 bhp petrol unit.

continues... | Part Three
Published 16 July 2003 Melanie Carter

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