Fiat SA has revised its Grande Punto line-up by dropping the 1.3- and 1.9-litre turbodiesel units, and adding a new entry-level model.
On the outside, the Grande Punto, which was subjected to a minor facelift in 2007, remains unchanged although in the interior, new upholstery and colours and a revised instrument panel with chrome rings is evident.
However, the 1.3-litre M-Jet turbodiesel that was introduced at the time of the facelift, and the more potent 1.9-litre M-Jet have been put out to pasture with Fiat citing a change in line with market trends and customer demand.
In their place, the 88-kW turbocharged 1.4-litre becomes the new range-topper in the five-door 1.4 T-Jet Dynamic and the three-door 1.4 T-Jet Sport.
The three-door 1.2 Active becomes the new entry point for Grande Punto with 49 kW and 102 Nm on tap.
The engine is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.
Fiat claims fuel consumption on the combined cycle of 6.1 l/100 km.
Both engines have 30 000 km service intervals.
Despite its entry-level status, the three-door 1.2 Active has dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, remote central locking, power steering, front electric windows/mirrors and a trip computer.
The five-door 1.4 T-Jet Dynamic chips even with even more kit including air conditioning, a six-speaker audio system with steering controls, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, rear headrests, six airbags, ESP incorporating traction control and Hill Holder, colour-coded door handles and mirrors as well as 15-inch alloys.
In addition to this, the 1.4 T-Jet Sport gets a centre amrest, front foglamps, auto-locking doors, side skirts, a rear spoiler, leather steering wheel and gear knob, and 17-inch alloys.
1.2 3-dr Active – R116 000
1.4 5-dr Active – R124 550
1.4 5-dr Dynamic 16v – R152 500
1.4 T-Jet 5-dr Dynamic – R171 900
1.4 T-Jet 3-dr Sport – R179 900
A five-year/90 000 km service plan is offered on these Series II models only.