Fiat has come up with a new version of their successful offering Punto and this time it’s sporty, more classy and it’s an automatic. But a slight disappointment for those hardcore Punto fans. This version of the Punto, the Fiat Punto Sporting Dualogic Plus has been launched only in Brazil as of now. And what’s new is the single clutch automatic transmission rather than the double-clutched ones. Or in other words, its much like a manual transmission with an automatic clutch.
Answering the most anticipated query about the Punto Sporting, the new Punto is powered by a 16-valve, 1.8-litre EtorQ engine which churns out an impressive 132 BHP of power. Quite a power figure for a premium hatchback. The gearbox comes with a creep function which helps enhance the torque output in first and reverse gear even when the accelerator pedal is not stepped onto. Something which would prove a savior when negotiating a slow climb. Overall, the gearbox is claimed to be much more refined with improved gear ratios.
The styling is absolutely stunning with a completely re-done front. The side although remains similar but the rear of the Punto gets a pretty sporty appearance instilled by the clear crystal tail lights, dual exhaust and the little mold work done down below. Justifying the name even further are those 16-inch alloy wheels with a 195/55 configuration. The interiors look dim because of black color running all through but it is not without a host of interior features. The Punto Sporting comes equipped with Blue&Me USB and Bluetooth system, digital air-conditioning, leather seats with red seat belts, airbags and double sunroof. In all, a well presented premium hatchback.
The Punto Sporting Dualogic Plus, in Brazil, costs about Rs. 16.5 lakh. That’s the extra few bucks you would have to pay for that much power. The latest iteration of this vehicle in the Indian market is the Punto Sport 90 PS version. The Punto and Linea in India will get a few upgrades in the near future. Whether the Italian car maker will launch the Sporting Dualogic version in India remains to be seen.