Fiat launches diesel variant of Grand Punto

Fiat yesterday unveiled its latest diesel variant of premium hatchback Grande Punto, powered by a 1.3 litre multi-jet engine.

Priced at Rs6.79-lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the car is said to be the most powerful diesel hatchback in India delivering 93 PS power, in addition to offering a fuel efficiency of 20 km a litre.

''Through this new variant, discerning consumers will be given the perfect opportunity to enjoy both high power and a fun-to-drive experience.

It will help consolidate our position within the 'performance diesel' segment,'' Fiat India president and CEO Rajeev Kapoor told journalists in New Delhi. The new variant comes with dual stage airbags, ABS with EBD, automatic climate control and integrated CD/MP3 player with USB.

The booking for the new diesel hatchback is set to start from 18 July through 175 Tata-Fiat dealers in 130 cities.

With the variant Fiat's Grand Punto range stands extended to 10 variants in 1.2 and 1.4 litre petrol engines and 1.3 litre multi-jet (76 hp) and (93 hp) diesel engines.