Fiat has announced that the new Linea will make its global debut at the 2015 Istanbul Motor Show, on May 21. While previous reports had hinted that the new Linea might not hit the production lines till next year, the Italian car maker has now confirmed that the will go on sale in November, this year.
According to a statement released by Fiat, the new Linea will provide ‘an overwhelming combination of comfort, spaciousness, efficiency and technology. All embellished by sumptuous Italian design, which marries the quality of the engineering project with the proportions of an authentic and vigorous sedan.' The next-generation Linea will be based on the Italian manufacturer’s ‘Small-Wide Architecture’ used in the Jeep Renegade and the Fiat 500X. This means that the new Linea will be longer and wider than the current model, and hence might be positioned higher in the hierarchy.
Aesthetically, the new Linea will continue to sport the familiar overall design though the headlamps are now sleeker. Previous spy shots have shown the test mule undergoing trials while wearing heavy camouflage, which makes it difficult to make out the finer details of the car.
Powertrain options for the new Linea will be carried over from the current car though the engines might be retuned to boost their performance, efficiency and emission figures. In India, the Linea competes with other C-segment sedans like the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Skoda Rapid, Ford Fiesta and the Volkswagen Vento.