After a prolonged inactivity, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has finally started thinking about the long overdue replacements for Punto and Linea. While the Linea successor which is likely to be called as the Bravo is currently undergoing testing ahead of its world premiere at the Istanbul Motor Show later this month, news about the next gen Punto has emerged from Brazil.
According to Autossegredos.com.br’s inside sources, FCA high command has given its nod for an all-new premium hatchback to replace the Punto which has been soldering on since 2005. The technical details of the new car is still under wraps but it’s said that the platform will be completely different from that of the existing model.
Considering the benefits of economies of scale, the FCA Small-Wide architecture which is employed by the Italy-built Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade emerges as a sensible option for both Punto and Linea replacements. However, having two different primary production sites of the upcoming hatchback and sedan would offset the advantage to some extent. While the Bravo sedan will be made at Fiat’s Turkish facility, the Punto successor is reported to have Brazil as its home base.
As far as the branding of the hatchback goes, it’s unlikely to retain the Punto nameplate. Instead, the Italian automaker could market the new model as a 5-door hatchback variant of the 500 series which is gaining popularity globally. The early test prototypes of the next gen Fiat Punto is expected to start its on-road tests in a few weeks’ time in Brazil.
Ideally, Fiat Chrysler India should be launching both the Punto and Linea successors a few months after their respective global debuts in order to be taken seriously in the highly competitive market. However, considering that FCA India’s plans are getting delayed indefinitely
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