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Fiat takes Punto down a notch

2009-11-26 12:50
Fiat SA releases a new entry-level model to its range, the Punto Emotion, based on the current Grande Punto.

Near identical to the five-door Grande Punto hatchback, Punto Emotion has body coloured finishes, front fog lamps and 15-inch alloy wheels to round off the stylish package.

It will, according to Fiat, compete at the lower end of the market (alongside other basic models the company says will follow) while the Punto Evo shown at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show will contest the hot end of the mini-hatch segment.

For now, Punto Emotion is powered by a 1.4-litre four-cylinder FIRE engine with 66 kW on tap from 6 000 r/min and torque of 115 Nm at 4 500 r/min.

Top speed is a quoted 165 km/h, while Fiat states fuel consumption on the combined cycle as 7.3 l/100 km.

Safe and secure

The car is well equipped and comes standard with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD.

Power steering, satellite audio controls, a CD/MP3 player, power windows all rounds, power mirrors, climate control, onboard computer, follow-me-home lights, an adjustable driver's seat and a 60/40 split rear bench are included in the package. Fiat's innovative Blue&Me for Bluetooth connectivity is standard, too.

The only option, at a cost of R1 184, is metallic paint.

The Fiat Punto Emotion 1.4i costs R158 500. The price includes a five-year/90 000 km service plan and a three-year warranty. Service intervals are at 30 000 km, or at the prompting of the Automatic Check Service System.

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