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We Reveal Fiat India’s Plans For 2014 [Scoop]


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While 2013 was a cold year for Fiat, 2014 seems to be a promising one for the Italian company. Fiat did very important things last year, announcing its next 3-year plan for the Indian market along with setting up a wide and independent dealership network across the country. Although when it comes to products, nothing major was launched with the same old Linea and Punto getting minor tweaks, for the nth time. Now that Fiat has made a firm base with its own service outlets, the company is all set to rock 2013 with a slew of launches.

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Front

Fiat will launch the Jeep Grand Cherokee in the month of February. This Chrysler product shares its underpinnings with the Mercedes M-Class and will rival it in the Indian market along with rubbing shoulders with the Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Land Rover Discovery 4. The Grand Cherokee comes via the CBU route and will be priced at an expensive Rs. 70 lakhs.

Jeep Wrangler Front

A Jeep targeted solely at off-road enthusiasts in India, the Wrangler isn’t going to set the sales chart on fire in spite of being the most affordable Jeep vehicle in India when it goes on sale next month. The 2-door Sport model comes with a petrol heart only while the 4-door Wrangler Unlimited gets a diesel engine. Prices will start from Rs. 25 lakhs.

2013 Fiat Linea Wallpaper

The facelifted Fiat Linea will be launched in India, filling in the shoes of the current model which will be discontinued (the Classic will be retained). The updated Linea not only gets minor exterior tweaks but also a new interior which looks transformed. The biggest news though is the inclusion of a 1.6-litre Multijet diesel engine which produces 105 BHP of power and a splendid 320 Nm of torque. The 2014 Fiat Linea will be launched in February/March.

Fiat Punto Jet Black Edition

Fiat will launch the Punto Evo in April which will be a thorough facelift for the car. Although globally the Punto is being axed for the 5-door Panda (based on the Punto platform), in India, Fiat plans to sell the Punto for at least another 3 years. Other than the exterior and interior changes, the Punto facelift could also get new engines including the 1.3-litre Multijet 2 diesel engine and T-Jet petrol engine (there is no confirmation on the powertrain upgrade).

2013 Fiat Punto Crossover

SUVs work well in India but crossovers made by using hatchbacks doesn’t seem that interesting to people in the sub-continent. Still Fiat plans to launch the Punto Cross which is nothing but a similar exercise as Volkswagen has done with the Cross Polo and Skoda did with the Fabia Scout. The launch will happen in May with prices starting at Rs. 9 lakhs.

Red_Punto_EVO_Abarth

Abarth will make its Indian foray with the launch of the Punto Abarth. While details about the engine remain a mystery (whether Fiat will go the long haul and give us the same international specifications in India), Fiat is going to locally assemble the car for an aggressive price which will be upwards of Rs. 12 lakhs. The launch will happen in June.

FIAT-PANDA-2

Fiat is also considering the Panda for India. Rumours suggest the car is already in India and customer clinics are being undertaken by the marketing team. The Panda could be launched in India by the end of the year but there is still no concrete decision of its launch as aggressive localisation is imperative to price it competitively.

So Fiat does plan to offer new products in multiple segments which should help them boost market share and post good volumes from the current less than 1000 units a month sales.

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  • Sahil January 1, 2014, 10:42 pm

    Motorbeam your confusing!! :) Last update “http://www.motorbeam.com/cars/fiat-500-cars/fiat-500-5-door-version-is-the-punto-replacement/” you guys mentioned that punto is going to be replace with 500, Now something new !!!

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    • Faisal Khan January 2, 2014, 4:21 pm

      Sahil, globally 500 5-door replaces Punto but in India we will be sold the old Punto.

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  • Vikram Viswanathan January 2, 2014, 1:08 am

    The Cross Punto doesn’t appear to be a good idea given that both the CrossPolo and Fabia Scout went dull with respect to sales. This could be another Dead on Arrival plan!

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    • Faisal Khan January 3, 2014, 7:06 am

      I don’t know why Fiat is even trying the Cross Punto!

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      • Parlaynath Gundaswamy January 5, 2014, 7:40 pm

        Faisal bro dont mind but I don’t know why FIAT is in India? Is it due to Sonia Madam? Also why do you waste time on a brand like FIAT which is selling just two products here since half a decade.

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  • Tushar January 2, 2014, 12:16 pm

    Internationally Punto is replaced by Fiat 500 5 door

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  • Kedar January 3, 2014, 10:13 am

    Panda looks promising to me for India and 4×4 version of Panda will do wonders for FIAT in India.

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    • Parlaynath Gundaswamy January 5, 2014, 7:22 pm

      Here in India, people who are sane minded buy Ford Endevour 4×2 over the 4×4 and you are telling that people who have a budget of buying a Hyundai Santro will opt for a 4×4. You seem to be freaky FIAT fan.

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  • Kumar Jeetu January 22, 2014, 9:56 am

    The lunch of wide range of new cars will definitely boost the sale of fiat cars in India and also build some confidence in fiat car lovers. No doubt Fiat cars are extremely good in terms of quality when bench marked with other company cars of same price range.

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  • spitfire January 22, 2014, 10:17 am

    Being a Fiat-o-Holic i request them to bring the #Panda to our shores inorder to bring up their volumes.

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  • Ravi January 24, 2014, 5:07 pm

    The Punto crossover will be the ugliest car in history if at all FIAT produces it! Also I do wonder why Fiat is offering the multijet 1.6 FGT with linea. If it has to compete with Verna they better use a VGT. The vernal produces 132ps..

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  • Shreyas January 25, 2014, 6:36 pm

    Hi Faisal,
    Is it confirmed that punto 2014 will be launched in april. I am planning to buy punto verry soon..
    I cant wait beyond april… Please advice.

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    • Faisal Khan January 27, 2014, 10:06 am

      With Fiat, nothing is ever certain.

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  • Punjabi April 22, 2014, 11:29 am

    When new punto and jeep will come

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