The Italian car manufacturer Fiat has finally launched its Linea sedan in a glittering ceremony in Mumbai at Taj Lands End. The car was due in December but because of recent Mumbai terror attacks car makers like FIAT and Mahindra postponed the launches of their new products, Linea and Xylo respectively.
Fiat Linea Launch Images-
“Fiat has kept its promise of making this an exciting year for its customers. The launch of the Linea is the first in the line of three launches that Fiat will undertake this year, the other two being Bravo and Grande Punto,”Said Fiat India CEO, Rajeev Kapoor.
FIAT Linea is available in both forms- Diesel as well as petrol, the Petrol version comes with 1368cc FIRE engine which produces max. torque of 115 NM @ 4500 RPM, and the diesel is available with 1248 CC popular Multijet engine which is very new and refined and it produces Max. Torque of 203NM @ 2500 RPM, it has total of six gears including 1 reverse which is M/T type.
Linea overall is a Value for money package at the introductory price of 5.99lacs (Ex.showroom Delhi). You get to drive a car which has a premium feel to it at down to earth price tag.
FIAT LINEA is available in total of four colours :
1. Flamenco Red
2. Minimal Grey
3. Perla Champagne
4. Hip Hop Black
Also, Its variants are as follows with their respective prices:
FIAT has also focused very much on safety with the Linea, the safety features include-
Dual Front Airbags
ABS with EBD
Fire Prevention System(FPS)
Anti-theft engine immobilizer
Programmable speed limit controller
Follow me home headlamps and more.
IAB comment- The Indian Auto battle ground is heating up. Every car maker is in attack mode now and as a result we consumers are getting great products day by day. A day before it was the Xylo from M&M and now its the FIAT's latest offering, the Linea.
The car looks graceful and has borrowed some design cues from other big cars. Let me give you an example- Look closely at its front grille, side-rear quarter glass, and the tail lamps from side view; they all resemble Audi's designs to my eye.
The Linea sends out a sound warning to Maruti's SX4, Fords' Fiesta, Hyundai Verna etc, that some rigorous competition is ahead for all of them. The unanswered question is whether the Linea will be accepted by Indian customers considering it's dark history in India. To be frank, we're bored of talking about it. We'll wait for the Linea's sales numbers before we add anything more.
You can read our brief Fiat Linea test drive, if you would like to know more.