Fiat Punto (Photo: WikimediaCommons/RudolfStricker)
Fiat PuntoWikimediaCommons/RudolfStricker

Fiat Punto Facelift appears to be ready to embark upon its journey in India, as new reports suggest that the dealers of the company have started accepting bookings for the new car in the country.

Rushlane, citing its sources reported that the bookings for Punto Facelift is open in the country with a token amount of ₹25,000, indictaing that the launch of the car is imminent. If recent reports are to believed, the new Punto will be on road by the end of July or early August. However, there is no official announcement yet.

Meanwhile, new reports also surfaced that the upcoming Fiat Punto facelift will be called Punto Evo in India. Although this is still imprecise, rumours also indicate that the Fiat could replace Punto Sport with the Punto Evo. Other models of Punto will remain the same.

2014 Fiat Punto facelift has made innumerable appearances on the cyberspace through spy shots and the leaked reports, with the latest one being the clear images of the car, spelling out the details. So far from what we have seen, the new Punto will flaunt a newly styled front fascia with honeycomb grille which looks similar to the one seen in the Avventura.

The rear end of the car also accommodates changes with rear fog lamps. As far as the interior concerned; the new Fiat Punto facelift is likely to get black interior with centre console, air-con vents and dashboard lifted from the 2014 Linea. The car is also rumoured to be getting rear air con vent, which is first in this segment.

Mechanically, the upcoming Punto facelift is likely to retain the same engine of its current model. While the diesel version of the new Punto Facelift is expected to pack the same 1.3 liter Multijet diesel engine, which can churn out a power of 75bhp and a torque of 197Nm, the petrol model of the Punto facelift is likely to draw its power from 1.2 and 1.4 litre engine. The petrol motor can generate a power of 68bhp-96Nm and 90bhp-115Nm respectively.

Although the sighting of the Punto Facelift has become common, the company is yet to make any announcement on the launch of the vehicle in India. Given that Fiat Punto competitor Volkswagen Polo facelift is slated for a launch on 15 July, Italian maker Fiat cannot afford to sit at ease as the competition in the market is getting tougher.