Fiat Linea Classic to be launched in India on September 25
Fiat India's volume player in the sedan category is almost here. Fiat will launch a cut-price Linea called the Linea Classic on September 25. The Linea Classic will be positioned between the Grande Punto and Linea.
A cut-price variant means loss of features. The regular Linea is amongst the better equipped sedans in its class. The Linea Classic which in the meanwhile will compete against the Fiesta Classic, Sail and Etios loses out on 15-inch alloy wheels and makes do with 14-inch steel rims. It is likely that the chrome bits from the regular Linea will also be dropped. Inside, the Linea Classic will miss the steering mounted controls and climate control. The dashboard in its all-black avatar looks borrowed from the Punto. The door pads though retain the beige inserts and the seats remain beige.
Fiat will most likely detune the Linea's diesel engine to 75PS, down from 90PS. This will be achieved via the use of a fixed geometry turbocharger in place of the variable geometry one. This is essentially the same spec of engine from the Grande Punto. The Linea Classic's main competitor the Fiesta Classic makes do with just 68PS. In that respect, the Linea Classic seems to be powered just right. Ford which started the Classic segment has witnessed a bump in its sales. Infact the Classic outsells the all-new Fiesta by a big margin in India. While Ford offers only the 1.4TDCi motor for the Classic, Fiat may offer the Linea Classic with a 1.4-litre FIRE engine as well. The facelifted Linea which may be unveiled at next year's Auto Expo is rumoured to have the 1.4 T-Jet and 1.6 Multijet engines. We expect the Linea Classic to be priced around Rs 50,000 - 75,000 less than the regular Linea. More details about the Linea Classic, its pricing and variants will be updated tomorrow. Keep watching this space for more.
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