When we hear the word “Fiat” uttered, if it is not immediately followed by “Abarth,” “500,” or any combination thereof, we generally lose interest very quickly. Such is largely the case here.
Scheduled to debut next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the 2010 Fiat Punto Evo is purported to be a new, more innovative take on the tried-and-true Punto. Sporting a surname that immediately conjures images of mega drifts and hardcore hooning, it becomes obvious halfway through the press release that “Evo” is an egregious misnomer. Offered with a wide range of Euro 5 engines, including a 1.3 Multijet diesel and a 1.4 MultiAir petrol engine, the only raw specs provided on the 2010 Punto Evo concern its fuel-efficiency, presumably indicating its overall performance is similar to that which you could experience on a well-equipped bicycle…but we digress. Compared to other standard gasoline engines of the same size, Fiat claims its new MultiAir engines generate 10% more horsepower and 15% more torque while consuming 10% less petrol and emitting 10% less CO2.
Briefly diverting attention away from the Evo’s overwhelmingly boring features is a brand new technology that will be making its official debut alongside the Punto Evo: Blue&Me – TomTom. Jointly developed by Fiat and Tom-Tom, the Blue&Me – TomTom is not, as the name would suggest, slightly creepy children’s television program but rather an advanced driver infotainment system. Featuring an easy-to-use, full color touch screen, the Blue&Me – TomTom offers both IQ RoutesTM and eco:DriveInfo, basically providing you with an automated amalgamation of your wife and your pretentious friend who went to MIT.