While the Fiat 500 continues to sell like hot cakes in markets around the world, the aging Punto is not performing quite as well. First launched in 2005 as the Grande Punto, the third-generation model has grown a little long in the tooth. Fiat has done its best to keep it fresh, however, launching the updated Punto Evo in 2009. That update has apparently worn a little thin, however, so Fiat's coming back with another tweak or two for the 2012 model.

On the new Punto, the exterior styling has ditched the cheap-looking black plastic cladding and 500-derived chrome whiskers on the nose. The interior has also been updated and two new fuel-sipping 85-horsepower engines – one 900cc two-cylinder unit and another 1.3-liter MultiJet diesel – have joined the range.

The revised model will launch alongside the new Panda and Doblo Work Up at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, along with a trio of new Abarth specials, but you can check out the details now in the press release after the jump and the photos in our high-resolution image gallery.
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Fiat Punto 2012, international debut

The New Punto Model Year 2012 is making its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It will go on sale at the beginning of next year across Europe. The model confirms the aspects that destined the previous editions for success in all the European markets and intensifies the distinguished personality with an important aesthetic change, together with the new exterior colours and the seat upholsteries, not to mention significant technological progress with the introduction of the 85 HP 0.9 TwinAir turbo and the evolution of the 85 HP 1.3 Multijet.

In detail, on the outside the Punto 2012 model presents a new front distinguished by a bumper entirely painted in the same shade as the body, with the direction indicators positioned alongside the air intake in a single perimeter that surrounds them. On the rear section a shape in relief describes a zone that divides the area dedicated to the number plate from that in which the auxiliary functions of the lights are positioned. Inside, brand-new fabrics upholstering the seats and original inserts of the dashboard that emphasize its stylistic elegance are distinguishable. The new style innovations of the Punto 2012 are completed with a new design of the 15" alloy rims and new three metallic bodywork colours: Turquoise, Ruby Red and Graphite Grey. In addition, as for the 500 model, the TwinAir name on the Fiat Punto 2012 will indicate not only the revolutionary two-cylinder engine, but also a new trim level with a unique and recognisable look.

Therefore, with this new 2012 edition Fiat Punto reaffirms the values that have always distinguished the model: the dynamism and elegance of its lines, a perfect synthesis of Italian style and the technological innovation that since its launch has been a winning feature of the car. The model counts among its records that of being the first car of its class equipped with an advanced infotainment system (Blue&Me) or useful instruments for the customer so he can analyse his driving style in real time (eco:Drive info) and receive tips on how he can reduce environmental impact and optimising fuel consumption. The Fiat Punto also continues to be a constant point of reference when it comes to engine innovation. They are increasingly livelier and thrifty both with diesel (MultiJet) and petrol (MultiAir) supply, combining innovation with eco-friendliness every single time. Evidence of this lies in the methane or LPG engine, in addition to extending the Stop&Start with Gear Shift Indicator technology to all the Euro 5 engines. This system automatically cuts out the engine and prompts the best gear in order to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by up to 15% for an urban route. This long tradition of records today is reinforced with the Punto MY 2012 following introduction of new two engineering gems to the range: the 85 HP TwinAir turbo and the evolution of the 85 HP 1.3 MultiJet.

85 HP 0.9 TwinAir turbo

The unprecedented TwinAir, which has won numerous awards in the industry - including "International Engine of the year 2011", "Best New Engine 2011" and "Best Green Engine 2011" - has now been placed on the Segment B top-of-the-range model of Fiat Group Automobiles.
The TwinAir project combines all the most modern technology designed by Fiat Powertrain (MulitAir) with the "downsizing" concept and is manifest in a small, low-weight engine that ensures excellent performance with low fuel consumption. The special engine tuning and its combination with a 6-speed gearbox confers to the car a perfect balance between eco-friendliness (98 g/km CO2) and driving pleasure (85 HP at 5500 rpm of power and 145 Nm at 2000 rpm of torque). The ECO button is also available. With a specific engine control calibration, it reduces fuel consumption to guarantee truly eco-friendly driving.

The Punto Twin Air customer therefore can choose between two driving modes: "normal", with full engine performance to enhance driving liveliness and vivacity, and "eco" for driving more attentive to economy.

85 HP MultiJet

The 85 HP 1.3 16V Multijet (with a torque of 200 Nm at 1500 rpm) - already today on the cutting-edge thanks to the IRS (Injection rate shaping) technology of the MultiJet II and to the special eco turbo-matching of the turbocharger assembly - takes a further step forward with the introduction of two new technologies (Intelligent Alternator and Intelligent Flow) that let it reach the level of 90 g/km of CO2 emissions. The first technology optimizes the recharging battery strategy during the "engine cut-off" phases, while the second is obtained through an oil pump with variable displacement and optimisation of the cooling circuit. These technologies, together with the use of low-viscosity gearbox oil, make the Punto one of the diesel cars in its segment boasting the best CO2 emissions.

The 2012 range

The Punto 2012 is also revamped in its range structure, made clearer and slimmer, optimally epitomizing the editions currently on the market - the Grande Punto and Punto Evo - with the goal of giving the Punto model only one identity with a single styling and enhancing the winning combination of "style and technology".

In detail, the range comprises 3 trim levels (Pop, Easy and Lounge) available on the different engines, plus a dedicated trim level combined with the TwinAir engine, each featuring a different offer of contents with the goal of satisfying different needs.

The Pop trim level represents the entry level, offered as an accessible, essential, simple and functional version. The second trim level (Easy) is the "feature model" of the range thanks to its wealth of equipment, and it offers an outstanding price to accessories ratio. Available in 3 different combinations of interior fabrics (red, blue and grey), this version is the expression of a colourful, youthful, casual, modern, contemporary and technological soul. The top-end is on the other hand represented by the Lounge trim level, which offers both rich and high-tech equipment to provide both ultimate comfort and a strong personality combining elegance and sportiness in an expert aesthetic union.

Finally, the TwinAir trim level was created to enhance the introduction of the 2-cylinder engine by reflecting its lively and agile soul, as the bright and vivid launch shade of Verde Lime combined with the glossy black roof demonstrates. Added to this exclusive body shade are other distinctive styling features such as the burnished alloy rims with dedicated design and diamond treatment, glossy black pillars and mirrors and burnished headlights. The version is also immediately recognisable thanks to the TwinAir logo on the rear tailgate.

Internally, the car is personalised with new interiors featuring grey and black "Sportex" fabric and a grey embroidered TwinAir logo on the front headrests. Another TwinAir logo is placed on the dashboard near the climate control system.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Finally they did it right this time. I couldn't stand that last front end.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Guilty, yes, I keep prattling on about it, but this is the latest Autoblog post which depicts a Fiat which looks like it could be an adapted Dodge. Doesn't take much imagination to see this Punto's exterior and interior as a new Omni or Neon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't care if it's in the Punto or 500, just bring the Twin-Air over to the states! Side note, last winter I did spot a Punto with a manufacturer plate on it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sure is cute but in a handsome athletic way. I like the front end much better, very clean and modern.. The Punto makes the Vitz look like Phyllis Diller. Change the name and the grille to a baby Durango unit, put in the made in Michigan MultiAir 1.4L under the hood and you might be looking at the Dodge B class car. Where will they build it? Italy, Eastern Europe or the USA?
        • 4 Years Ago
        this is build in Italy, the future model I don't know
      • 4 Years Ago
      I drove this car during my vacation in Mallorca, God I love it! bring it to the States please, and Yes I want to savor the Abarth Esseesse version
      • 4 Years Ago
      Styled by the masters, Giugiaro , of course. I was impressed how the Punto proceeded the latest Golf, then I remembered that VW bought Ital design. No wonder. Probably as much a defensive move on Wolfsburg's part as an aggressive one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can you say Dodge Neon (Pronouced Dough-Jay). Maybe a Chryslerini?
      Bill Burke
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it looks as good as anything else like it out there in it's clas and a little "Dodge Magic" in styling tweeks would make this a great car for Dodge. Dodge could have this on the road in months with all the proven mechanics done. Hornet sounds better than Punto though. Buzz me up one guys.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Japanese fanbois need to go to Opel.com and see what attractive cars actually look like. The music is sort of "sprockets"like but watching the new Opels spin around is almost like car styling porn. The General just needs to give all these cars to Buick ASAP. American Buick that is. Build some of them over here. That Astra in 2 door hatch, four door hatch and wagon is just exquisite. I think the Punto and the Brava are both good looking cars but Americans will need a widebody version. Souped up turbo two cylinders will be almost unique to FIAT for now, VW famously passed on such an engine after developing one. Remember VW developed the Smart! I don't know that 85 HP is enough for the USA
        • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        opel lol.. please i was looking into the insigne when it was time for a new lease-car might look ok, but the inside feels so cheap ... everything is noisy plastic no wonder it's about the same to lease as an audi sportback (which is the one i got in the end)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice. Looks much better than many of the other imports.
      • 4 Years Ago
      do not contaminate with Chrysler/ Jeep theme and just bring the pure thing over.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice, they finally painted that crossbar. Looks really good.
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