Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Fiat India Automobiles has launched its premium hatchback, the Grande Punto in India. The all-new international bestseller comes to India in three engine options - the 1.4-litre FIRE Petrol and the 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel were expected options, but Fiat has also thrown in the surprise 1.2-litre petrol option to reap in the excise benefits. The car will be available in four varying trims - the Active, Dynamic, Emotion and fully-loaded Emotion PK.

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The pricing reflects this too. The 1.2-petrol will be available only in the basic Active trim and will go for Rs 3.99 lakh ex-showroom Delhi. The 1.4 FIRE petrol has been priced between Rs 4.66 lakh and Rs. 5.61 lakh between variants. The 1.3 MultiJet diesel is also set to give established Indian hatches a good run for their money with pricing between Rs 4.85 lakh and Rs. 6.11 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi.

Fiat Grande Punto
Variants All prices ex-showroom delhi
1.2 Petrol (Active)
1.4 Petrol (Dynamic)
1.4 Petrol (Emotion)
1.4 Petrol (Emotion PK)
1.3 Diesel (Active)
1.3 Diesel (Dynamic)
1.3 Diesel (Emotion)
1.3 Diesel (Emotion PK)
The Grande Punto is finally rolling and it should be Fiat India's mainstay for the next threeto four years. While the Palio was conceived in the same mould as a car for emerging markets, the Grande Punto is a departure from this line of thinking because no longer do growing aware markets like India want watered down versions. Thus, the Grande Punto, which clearly exhibits the correct line of thought and action from Fiat India. Its three engine options are another detail which would further help its cause but the thing which everyone at Fiat India would have to be cautious about is cutting too close to the bone in terms of offering the right engine performance compared to the competition.


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