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Fiat Punto refreshed

The new 2012 Fiat Punto has been refreshed, with the Evo moniker dropped and the TwinAir engine technology added to the range.

Available with either three or five doors, the new Punto features a wider range of engines, more equipment, and more choice of specification. A new exterior design, a new range of exterior colours, new alloy wheel designs, new colours and materials inside complete the update.

The 3 existing trim levels - Pop, Easy, Lounge - are joined by the new GBT and TwinAir. The Pop version has been designed to appeal to price sensitive customers. The interior boasts stylish denim inserts on the seats, all models get Daytime Running Lights and the Blue&Me TomTom LIVE infotainment system can be specified.

The Easy version is expected to be the big seller of the 2012 Punto range and features a combination of style and technology. Additionally, this gets body-coloured door handles and mirrors, remote control door locking, a rear bench that splits 60/40, heated mirrors, plus manual air-conditioning.

The range-topping Lounge gets new trim for the interior and features a new finish to the dash. Other luxury touches include sculpted sports seats, a front arm rest, climate control, cruise control, white ambient light on the dash and front fog lights.

The new GBT model, built to celebrate Fiat's support for British Cycling, is based on the Easy version, with sportier wheels, lowered sports suspension, darkened privacy glass, a body coloured rear spoiler and side skirts.

The TwinAir trim is also based on the Easy with 15-inch multi-spoke diamond finish wheels, glossy black mirror covers and door pillars, unique seats, and darkened privacy glass.

Compared to the Punto Evo range that the new model replaces, the engine line up has been rationalised too. It now includes the award-winning TwinAir Turbo engine, which offers the performance of a four-cylinder combined with the economy of a two-cylinder.

The 2012 Fiat Punto range features two different power outputs of MultiAir engine: 105hp and 135hp. The latter 1.4-litre MultiAir engine has a turbocharger delivering optimal torque throughout the rev range and sees it hitting 62mph from standstill in 8.5 seconds. Despite this and a top speed of 124mph it still returns 50.4mpg on the Combined Cycle and 129g/km of CO2 emissions.

The petrol line-up is completed by conventional 1.2 and 1.4-litre units which use the latest variable valve timing to ensure they're as economical as they are fun to drive.

Finally there are a pair of class-leading MultiJet 2 diesels. These put out 75 and 85hp with the latter engine benefiting from more new technology to emit just 90g/km of carbon dioxide.

All this is housed in a re-working of the Fiat Punto's now familiar shape.

Posted on 25.06.2012
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