The next-generation Fiat Linea has been spotted undergoing trials in Europe. Based on the Italian manufacturer’s ‘Small-Wide Architecture’ used in the Jeep Renegade and the Fiat 500X, the next-generation Linea will be longer and wider than the current model.
The front of the car sports the familiar honeycomb design grille, though the headlamps are now sleeker. The test mule seems to be an early prototype and wore heavy camouflage, which made 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 they might be retuned to improve their performance, efficiency and emission figures.
Though the next-generation Linea was supposed to go on sale globally by the end of this year, latest reports suggest that the C-segment sedan won’t go into production before the end of 2016. In the Indian market, the Linea competes with a whole bunch of other C-segment sedans including the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Skoda Rapid, Ford Fiesta and the Volkswagen Vento.