The development of the Fiat Punto Evo
Find out more about the features of the Fiat Punto Evo model.
The Fiat Punto Evo hatchback is a car that is both fun to drive, economical when considering its running costs and comes kitted out with a range of sporty features. The Punto Evo had its first debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009 and is a newer reworking of the Fiat Grande Punto. It featured two new engines, a 1.4L petrol engine which showcased MultiAir technology and a 1.3L second generation Multijet diesel.
The MultiAir system is Fiat’s patented electrohydraulic valve management system. MultiAir cuts down on emissions due to its refined combustion control and improves both torque and power of the engine. It works by controlling air in the engine using inlet valves, rather than using the throttle, which cuts down on unnecessary fuel consumption.
In a bid to incorporate modern driver gadgets, the Punto Evo provided a stylish navigation system as part of the Blue&Me system which was named the “Blue&Me Tom Tom”. The Blue&Me Tom Tom offered new IQ Routes technology which collates data from millions of users to work out the fastest possible routes. It also allows the motorist to control it from the steering wheel and to make hands-free calls safely whilst driving.
As far as Fiat models go, the Punto Evo was a trendsetter across the range as a pioneer for the Fiat Powertrain Technologies being developed at the time. Once it had been hailed a success, the Powertrain feature was rolled out across all engines in the Fiat Group. Environmental responsibility was an important factor when deciding on designs for the new Fiat Punto Evo and it had both powerplants and dual-fuel methane and petrol units in order to offer an outstanding range of eco-friendly engines. The new Start&Stop system meant that the Euro5 petrol engines conserved energy by switching off in slow moving traffic.
In terms of safety, the Punto Evo has 7 airbags and a driver’s knee airbag as standard in all versions. It also has convenient technology such as the Hill-holder which assists the car in hill starts and adaptive ‘cornering’ front fog lights that dip the headlights in accordance with the angle of steering. This popular Fiat model also comes with EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution), ESP (Electronic Stability Program) and ABS.