Fiat Linea Classic variant to launch in India on September 25

Posted on: Sep 23, 2013 - 7:24pm IST

Fiat India today confirmed that its base variant line of the Linea, the Fiat Linea Classic, would launch on the 25th of September. Speaking to IndianAutosBlog.com at a dealership inauguration recently, Nagesh Basavanhalli, Fiat India’s head, said the Classic would be the first of the nine launches planned for the next three years.

Fiat Linea T-Jet headlamp
The Classic variant will retain its dimensions, but lose out on features and perhaps draw power from a de-speced powertrain.

Explaining the positioning of the Classic, he said –

When you come to the Linea Classic, that’s a specific part of the C-Segment. We are playing significantly in the ‘C-High’ segment. The ‘C-Lower’ which is the other aspect of the C-Segment, is what we believe is very viable and effective, and so we clearly are going after that market. We believe that the Linea has the legs to grow in the C Segment. However the Classic is not a sub-4 meter product.

What Basavanhalli did not say is that there would be a Fiat Linea facelift (currently under testing) which would be positioned in the C-Higher segment alongside the T-Jet variant. The lower rung of the C-Segment would host the Classic variants which may miss out on a few features and have a lower powertrain spec.

Currently the Linea range is split into four parts – Active, Dynamic, Emotion and T-Jet. The Classic variants would slot in below these four, to challenge the higher variants of compact sedans such as the Honda Amaze, Swift Dzire, and even the Toyota Etios for that matter.

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2 thoughts on “Fiat Linea Classic variant to launch in India on September 25

  1. Siv says:

    Seems like Fiat is more concerned with simplifying their internal execution (how to keep their manufacturing processes simple) rather than with what customers want. They keep on introducing meaningless variants and stick to lower powered engines that customers are bored of. T-Jet is the only exception. Even this is a rehash of what they introduced two years ago, no changes. But Petrol engines cannot get them the volumes they want. The Fiat 1.6 Diesel engine is what the Linea need and what our customers would appreciate. But Fiat is spineless and lacks confidence to bring in a new power-train. No “Can-do” attitude. Look at VW, they have brought in 4-5 new engines & transmissions in the last few months or so – 1.2 TSI, 1.4 TSI and 7-speed DSG on the Polo. Fiat needs to learn from VW or try to poach some of the VW senior management.

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  2. Veer says:

    I would appreciate Mr. Nagesh Basavanahalli for the efforts of revival of the brand Fiat. I think there good scope for that. I have seen Yamaha recovering from a bad shape to an exporter and becoming a reputed bike maker today. It hashappened by introducing the best/latest products which changed people’s thinking about the brand. I would suggest Fiat, other than Chrysler products, they can get some more cars from Fiat stable…and also Viaggio Hatch which can be converted into soft roader by adding skid plates and full sized crash guards….SUV are ruling the Indian tastes now which can be addressed.

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