Next gen Fiat Linea starts testing in Italy; Will lose the ‘Linea’ name – Spied

Posted on: Apr 14, 2015 - 4:26pm IST

Expected to launch next year in markets abroad.

In November 2014, an announcement was made that Fiat’s Turkish joint venture, Tofas, will invest 1 billion USD (about INR 6,100 crores) to produce a family of compact cars from 2016. In a filing, Tofas said that the plant will make 580,000 units of a new sedan from 2016-2023.

2015 Fiat Bravo side view
The next gen Linea will likely be called a ‘Bravo’.

The new sedan in question is reported to be a replacement for the now aging Fiat Linea. Fiat has well extended the lifecycle of the Punto and Linea brands, though launching their next generation versions will not prove to be easy.

The Italian brand wants to consolidate its product portfolio under various sub-brands, like 500 and Bravo. Speculation is rife that the next gen Punto will be badged a 500, and according to recent reports, the Linea’s replacement will be categorized under the Bravo nameplate.

Details on the new Linea (speculatively called Bravo sedan) are scarce at the moment. Engineers are likely to use the Small-Wide architecture (which also underpins the Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade) to develop the new Linea, employing turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.

Fiat Jeep product plan for India
The new Linea is expected in India by mid-2017.

Also read: Fiat Punto Evo with 1.4L T-Jet engine spied in India

For the Indian market, a product plan revealed that Fiat India would launch a successor to the Linea in mid-2017. This time around, Fiat would get a more powerful 1.5-liter MultiJet diesel engine to power its future products.

Rivals: Honda City, Maruti Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, VW Vento, Skoda Rapid
Expected Price: INR 7.5-10 lakhs ex-Showroom
Launch date: 2016 in international markets

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2 thoughts on “Next gen Fiat Linea starts testing in Italy; Will lose the ‘Linea’ name – Spied

  1. Joy says:

    Bring the next-gen Linea with 135hp 1.4TJet…. With the build quality Fiat has and with this engine, Fiat can cross what Honda, Hyundai and Suzuki are offering….

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  2. hi2aravind says:

    Fiat should offer their 1.5l diesel engines in their heavy cars otherwise excellent products. They did right step in improving interiors but miserably failed in look of Linea facelift (old Lines looks better than current one). Powerful engines, better gearshifts, slightly lesser GC (present one too much) would make their cars more attractive.

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