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Fiat Performs a Nip/Tuck on Punto's Trim Levels

By raccars Published

Fiat has been revising the trim levels for its Punto supermini, including the reintroduction of the popular Sporting trim level after observing significant customer demand. The company hopes the revamped Punto line-up will it secure a wider share of the younger driver demographic.

The Fiat Punto Sporting boasts the additions one would expect from a car with that name, including a rear aerofoil, side skirting, a special 'tarmac' finish to the fascia, leather-trimmed sports steering wheel, handbrake lever and gear knob, privacy windows, a chromed exhaust and 16 inch Sportline seven spoke alloys.

The revisions are not entirely cosmetic, with sports suspension improving the handling and the choice of a 77bhp 1.4 litre petrol engine with eight valves or a MultiAir version, also with 1.4 litre capacity but with 16 valves and a 105bhp power output. Three or five door body shapes can be specified on the Sporting, which is available to buy now with prices starting at £12,355 for the 77bhp version and going up to £12,955 for the more powerful 105bhp unit. Add an extra £1,000 to those prices for the five door variant.

Other alterations to the range have seen the demise of the Lounge and TwinAir trims, leaving the Pop, Easy and GBT to join the Sporting for a four model line-up. The company's impressive 0.9 litre TwinAir engine can now also be had with the Easy and GBT models, with the complete choice of powertrains including: a 1.2 litre eight valve petrol with 69bhp, the 1.4 litre eight valve Dualogic petrol for 77bhp, a 1.4 litre 16 valve MultiAir petrol with 105bhp, the award-winning 0.9 litre Twinair petrol unit producing 85bhp and one diesel, a 1.3 litre 16 valve MultiJet with 85bhp.

The entry level slot is filled by the Pop, with a standard kit list featuring remote control central locking, electric windows to the front, airbags for the driver, passenger and windows, a CD stereo with MP3 functionality, height adjustable driver's seat and Dualdrive electric powered steering. The specification revisions have added a diamond embossed dashboard, coloured door handles and wing mirrors and an extra driver airbag at knee level.

The Easy and GBT trim levels' added extras include Castiglio black fabric trimmed seating, cornering front fog lamps, ambient lighting in the dashboard and doors and side airbags. The GBT has also got a set of new wheels, the same 16 inch Sportline seven spoke alloys used on the Sporting.

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