The facelifted Fiat Linea has been launched in India for Rs 6.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). It was first unveiled in Turkey in 2012 and was then shown for the Indian market at the 2014 Auto Expo held last month. The car gets a significant host of cosmetic updates both inside, outside and is now offered in seven variants- three diesel engined and four petrol engined options along with six colour schemes.
The facelifted Fiat Linea on the outside gets a new fascia in the form of a new grille, air dam and a resized Fiat logo. Since Fiat has not changed the overall design for the Linea, the side profile remains the same as before and this includes the alloy wheels as well as the design of the wheel caps on the lower spec variants.
At the rear, the facelifted Fiat Linea now gets a large chrome strip running the width of the boot space. The number plate has now moved from the bumper to the boot lid and it too gets a chrome strip. A noticeable feature is the chrome strip under each of the brake light assemblies which by the look of it will further brighten the lamps when they are switched on.
The interiors of the facelifted Linea have now been fitted with a revised dashboard as well as a new instrument cluster which now gives the car a more modern appeal. The storage spaces inside the car have been improved with the addition of new cubby holes. Some of the standard features include automatic head lamps, rain sensing wipers, all four power windows, rear defogger, remote keyless entry and tail gate opening, rear AC vents and a music system. The top-spec petrol and diesel variants now get 16-inch alloy wheels, leather trim for seats, gear knob and steering, cruise control and climate control.
Under the hood, the facelifted Fiat Linea is now being offered with two petrol and one diesel engine options - the 1.4-litre naturally aspirated, 1.4-litre turbocharged T-Jet petrol and the 1.3-litre Multijet petrol. Only the base Active variant gets the naturally aspirated engine with an output of 89bhp and 115Nm of torque, the turbocharged petrol version produces 112bhp and 207Nm of torque while the oil-burner has an output of 93bhp and 209Nm of torque. All the engines are mated to a five-speed manual unit.
Fiat is offering the facelifted Linea in seven variants across three trim levels - Active, Dynamic and Emotion petrol and diesel. The colour options include Tuscan wine, new pearl white, mangnesio grey, hip hop black, sunbeam gold and minimal grey.
The Fiat Linea has been on sale since 2009 and has got small but multiple upgrades. Last year Fiat introduced a cut price version called the Linea Classic and now the facelifted Linea has been added to complete the line-up. It competes in the C-segment with the Honda City, Renault Scala, Nissan Sunny, Skoda Rapid and VW Vento.
Prices for the facelifted Fiat Linea (ex-showroom Delhi)
Fiat Linea petrol Active- Rs 6.99 lakh
Fiat Linea T-Jet petrol Active- Rs 7.65 lakh
Fiat Linea Multijet diesel Active- Rs 8.15 lakh
Fiat Linea T-Jet petrol Dynamic- Rs 8.53 lakh
Fiat Linea Multijet diesel Dynamic- Rs 9.27 lakh
Fiat Linea T-Jet petrol Emotion- Rs 9.01 lakh
Fiat Linea Multijet diesel Emotion- Rs 9.72 lakh