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A facelifted version of Fiat’s Grande Punto planned to go on sale in the UK next January at prices, officials say, will be no higher than those of today’s four-year-old model.
Along with the obvious change in name – the Grande part is lost and the word Evo added in an apparent attempt to distance the new car from its direct predecessor, which will continue to be sold unchanged alongside its newer sibling here in the UK, Turin’s best selling model gains a raft of subtle exterior styling changes.
While the familiar steel bodywork remains unchanged, Fiat’s design team has striven to provide the Punto a fresher, more assertive appearance through the adoption of a distinctive new front bumper boasting an integrated grille, larger air ducts and added brightwork.
The look is mirrored at the rear by a similarly styled rear bumper as well as a boot opening mechanism integrated into the corporate Fiat badge, which now sits higher up on the rear hatch and is underscored by a new Punto model identification badge.
Other changes centre around the head- and tail lamps, which both receive new graphics, the latest in LED technology and a day time running feature in line upcoming EU legislation.