evolution of the Punto demonstrated how
Fiat listened and responded to the changing
characteristics of it's users, reflecting
upon the very different tastes, ages and
professions. Styling differences between
the 3 and 5 door versions are replaced from
the Mk2 options. The Punto now reflects
the Stilo and Marea marketing strategy,
with styling depending on the type of Punto
model (and options package). The sportier
versions, the 'Active' (or 'Active Sport')
Sporting and HGT, all feature a different
look with the 3 and 5 door versions sharing
variations. The 'Dynamic' and 'Eleganza'
models offered extra visual improvements,
added driver aids and safety features.
the engine department, the same Mk2
Punto choices remain; petrol 1.2 8V
(60bhp), 1.2 16V (80bhp), 1.8 16V
(130bhp) and a diesel 1.9 JTD (85bhp).
These were joined by three new motors:
1.4 16V FIRE engine with 95bhp (derived
from the 1.2 engine), 1.9 MultiJet
JTD with 100bhp, 1.3 16V MultiJet
turbo with 70bhp (a new compact diesel,
incorporating all the latest technology
such as common-rail, DOHC, EGR-cooling,
have worked hard to deliver additional
electronic and transmission features.
A new transmission, 'Dualogic',
is introduced. This is similar to
the old 'Speedgear' unit, being
a manual gearbox controlled by hydraulic
actuators, to provide a sequential
shift with fully-automatic mode.
Also dual-zone climate control is
introduced to add comfort and ease
of use, as well as rain and parking
Additional safety features include
Fiat's ESP, MSR and up to six airbags.
Novelties include the "hill-holder",
designed to aid hill starts. It does
so by keeping the brakes applied for
2 seconds if the car is stationary
in 1st gear and a sensor calculates
that it is on an incline. Revised
colours, interior trims and various
changes including the instrumentation
and wheels completed the package.
length of the Mk2B model is slightly
increased over the preceding model.
The length of the 3-door increased
40mm to measure 3,840 mm and the
5-door previous measurement of 3,835
increased to 3,860 mm. The width
and the height remain the same with
respect to the old model.
At the time of writing, the mk2B
is soon to take the back seat in
late 2005 as it makes way for the
next Punto generation, the all new
- Original promotional shots of the Fiat
Punto Mk2B -