It’s still a good looking small car but the current Fiat Punto originally arrived back in 2005 and despite repeated variants, refreshes and features has lagged behind the competition for sometime. Brazil recently received the Fiat Argo as its replacement, and more Latin American markets await the B-Segment hatchback and the sedan version in 2018.
Autobild reports that Fiat would launch a revamped version of the Fiat Argo as the next-gen Fiat Punto in late 2018. The European version would have more Fiat Tipo-inspired design tweaks and one can also expect higher comfort, convenience, safety and driver assistance features over the Argo.
Fiat may need to redo the interior and make structural changes for adequate crash protection as it goes up against models which have a 4- or 5-star NCAP rating. The Argo rides on a heavily repurposed Fiat Palio platform and was developed not in an Italian facility, but in Betim, Minas Gerais in Brazil.
The new Punto will have to be good, as competition from the likes of the Fiesta, revised Vauxhall Corsa and new Nissan Micra have made this an ever more competitive market.