September 25, 2013: The Italian carmaker,Fiat has launched the affordable Linea Classic in the Indian car market for Rs. 5.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) . It is available in both diesel and petrol options. While, the petrol version is powered by the same 1.4-litre mill that develops 88bhp, the diesel model gets a detuned 1.3-litre Multijet engine that churns out 75bhp. This is now available in three variants- a 1.4L Petrol Variant, a 1.3L Multijet trim and a 1.3L Multijet Classic+. It will compete against the likes of Swift Dzire, Honda Amaze, Chevrolet Sail, Nissan Sunny, Ford Fiesta Classic and others.
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|Variants||Fuel Type||Transmission||Engine Description||Mileage||Power|
||16.2||19.5||75bhp @ 4000rpm|
|Plus 1.3 Multijet||Manual||1248cc
||16.2||19.5||75bhp @ 4000rpm|
||11.4||14.9||88.7bhp @ 6000rpm|
This company in India has an awe-inspiring fleet of vehicles in their stable. Among the varied sedans available across the global car markets, Fiat Linea Classic has a distinct appeal. The company has done an excellent job in designing this vehicle. It has been designed to give a direct competition to the likes of Honda City, Volkswagen Vento, Skoda Rapid, Hyundai Verna, Ford Classic and others in this segment. It is being sold in two diesel (Classic and Classic Plus) and one petrol (Classic) variants for the buyers to choose from. The petrol trim is powered by a 1.4-litre engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1368cc. It has the ability to churn out a maximum power of 88.7bhp along with a peak torque output of 115Nm. On the other hand, the diesel trims are equipped with a 1.3-litre multijet power plant that can displace 1248cc. This motor has the capacity of generating 74.9bhp of maximum power in combination with 197Nm of torque output. Both these engines are mated with a five speed manual transmission gear box, which sends the engine power to its front wheels. The braking and suspension mechanism are quite efficient. Its front and rear wheels are fitted with a set of ventilated disc and drum brakes respectively. The braking mechanism of Classic Plus variant is further augmented by anti lock braking system, which prevents from skidding in case of sudden braking. Meanwhile, the front axle is assembled with an independent wheel and rear gets torsion beam type of of mechanism. The company has designed this vehicle with a sleek and lustrous body line along with a spacious internal cabin, which helps in attracting the buyers. It has a lot of striking features, which gives the vehicle a captivating look on the road. The list of aspects include a bold radiator grille with a lot of chrome treatment, a body colored bumper, well lit headlight cluster, which has high intensity lamps, a large windscreen and many other such aspects. At the same time, it has a roomy internal cabin that is made of high quality scratch resistant plastic and is incorporated with well cushioned seats, power steering, an efficient air conditioning unit, all four power windows with driver side auto down function, center console with a couple of cup holders and several other aspects features. The dashboard is equipped a large glove box, an advanced instrument panel, a three spoke steering wheel and AC vents. As far as its safety aspects are concerned, it has 3-point seat belts for all passengers along with driver seat belt warning notification, high mounted third brake light and an electronic engine immobilizer with floating code that safeguards the vehicle from unauthorized entry. This sedan is being offered with a standard warranty of 3-years or 100000 Kilometers, whichever is earlier. At the same time, the customers can also avail an extended warranty of two years or 50000 Kilometers at a nominal cost.
The manufacturer has given this sedan series an aerodynamic body structure that offers a distinct look with a lot of styling aspects. To begin with the front fascia, it has a bold radiator grille, which has a lot of chrome treatment on it. It is embedded with a prominent company insignia in the center. This grille is flanked by a neatly carved headlight cluster that is incorporated with dual parabola headlamps and side turn indicators. Just below this, it has a body colored bumper that houses a wide air intake section for cooling the engine and it also has a lot of chrome treatment. The air dam of Classic Plus variant is surrounded by a pair of round shaped fog lamps, which adds to the visibility. The windscreen is quite large and made of green tinted glass that is integrated with a set of intermittent wipers. It has a slanting forward bonnet, which has a couple of visible character lines and gives the frontage a stylish appearance. Coming to its side profile. It is elegantly designed and is dominated by some strong character lines. The door handles and outside rear view mirrors of Classic Plus trim are painted in black color, top end trim gets black colored door handles and ORVMs. These outside rear view mirrors are electrically adjustable and integrated with side turn indicator. The flared up wheel arches are fitted with a robust set of steel wheels, which are covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres. The top end variant is also fitted with full wheel covers as well. The rear profile is designed with a body colored bumper that is equipped with a couple of fog lamps. However, the boot lid is very expressive and it is embossed with a license plate and chrome garnished variant badging. In addition to these, it also has a radiant tail light cluster, which is equipped with halogen based reverse light and side turn indicator and an antenna mounted on the roof for better reception of FM radio. The large windshield is integrated with a centrally located high mounted third brake light that adds to the safety quotient of the vehicle. It also has a defogger along with a wash and wipe function.
Its overall dimensions are quite standard and can accommodate five passengers with ease. The company has designed this sedan with a minimum ground clearance of 185mm, which is rather decent. It has a large wheelbase of about 2603mm that ensures ample leg space inside the cabin. Its overall length is 4560mm along with a total width of 1730mm, which includes both external rear view mirrors and a decent height of 1487mm respectively. Its steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of 5.4 meters.
Ed's take :The interiors of the Linea Classic are similar to the Linea, however several features have been removed from this sedan as it is a C segment competitor. The space is the same.
This model series has a comfortable internal cabin, which is done up in tone tone color scheme and is complemented by ambient lighting. It has a neatly designed dashboard, which features quite a few aspects like chrome accentuated AC vents, a three spoke steering wheel, an illuminated instrument panel and a large glove box, where we can keep some small things at hand. It gets silver garnished inside door handles, chrome accentuated gear shift knob and parking lever brake,which gives the cabin a classy look. Its steering wheel is mounted with audio control buttons for convenience of the driver. The cabin is incorporated with well cushioned seats, which are integrated with adjustable head restraints. The seats of Classic trim are covered with vinyl upholstery, while Classic Plus variant gets premium fabric upholstery. The rear seat has foldable function, which helps in increasing the boot volume of car. It is bestowed with a lot of utility based aspects including storage pockets in front doors, three grab handles with folding coat hooks, center console with a couple of cup holders, front center arm rest, remote fuel lid opener and vanity mirror in left sun blind. The 12V power socket is given in center console for charging mobiles and other electronic devices. The luggage compartment of top end variant is accompanied with rear parcel shelf and boot lamp for easy access. Apart from these, this model series has internal roof light with dimming effect, adjustable rear head restraints, height adjustable driver seat, rear center armrest and many other such aspects.
The manufacturer has bestowed several exciting comfort and utility based aspects in this attractive sedan series. These interesting features are sure to provide an enjoyable driving experience to its passengers. It has incorporated well cushioned seats that are wide and offer a lot of head room and leg space. The rear seat armrest along with adjustable head restraints further adds to their convenience. The high end trim is blessed with an integrated music system that allows its occupants to listen to their favorite tracks. It supports CD/MP3 player, radio with AM/FM tuner and USB interface along with four speakers, which enhances the ambiance of its cabin. All the trims are available with a manually operated HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) unit that helps in regulating the cabin temperature and makes the ambiance pleasant inside. There are all four power operated windows available that come with delay and auto down function. Its instrument panel is equipped with a few functions and notifications for keeping the driver up to date. These include a digital tachometer, digital clock, real time mileage indicator, driver seat belt warning lamp, programmable speed limit indicator with buzzer and follow me home headlamps. It also has an advanced trip calculator, which houses mileage indicator, average speed and duration for additional information. Apart from these, it also has a remote tail gate opener, manually adjustable outside mirrors, tilt adjustable steering wheel, which makes it easy to maneuver in city traffic conditions, sun visors with passenger side vanity mirror, internal roof light with dimming effect and a luggage lamp for easy access.
The company has given this sedan a spacious internal cabin, which can accommodate five passengers with ease and provides ample leg space for all occupants. The head room as well as shoulder space is also decent. It has a centrally mounted 45 litre fuel tank that is reasonably good for planning longer journeys. This sedan has a large boot compartment of 500 litres, which can be increased by folding its rear seat.
Ed's take :The acceleration of the petrol is good, however the diesel lacks that punch and there is a lot of turbo lag.
The four cylinder based diesel engine is skilfully coupled with a five speed manual transmission gear box, which helps in delivering a decent acceleration and pickup. It can attain a maximum speed in the range of 160 to 165 Kmph and can accelerate from zero to 100 Kmph in close to 13.6 seconds. While 1.4-litre petrol engine is also coupled with the same five speed manual gear box and it allows the sedan to attain a top speed of 165 Kmph. At the same time, it takes about 12.6 seconds for crossing the speed barrier of 100 Kmph from a standstill.
Ed's take :The performance of the Linea Classic is decent and it isn’t anything phenomenal.
As said above, this sedan is being sold in both petrol and diesel engine options for the buyers to choose from. Its petrol variants are powered by a 1.4-litre motor that comes with a displacement capacity of 1368cc. It is integrated with four cylinders and sixteen valves using double overhead camshaft based valve configuration. With the help of a multi point fuel injection supply system, this mill has the ability of churning out a maximum power of 88.7bhp at 6000rpm and yields a peak torque output of 115Nm at 4500rpm. On the other hand, its diesel trims are equipped with a performance packed 1.3-litre multijet diesel engine that has the displacement capacity of 1248cc. It carries 4-cylinders and sixteen valves, which is also based on a dual overhead camshaft valve configuration (DOHC). The maximum power generated by this power plant is about 75bhp at 4000rpm in combination with 197Nm of peak torque output at just 1750rpm, which is quite good. It is integrated with a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system, which allows the vehicle to produce a decent fuel economy. The manufacturer has skillfully coupled both the engines with a five speed manual transmission gear box that sends the torque output to its front wheels.
Ed's take: The Linea Classic’s multijet has always been fuel-efficient and there is no hiding. The petrol has decent mileage.
The petrol variants are equipped with a 1.4-litre engine, which is incorporated with a multi point fuel injection supply system and it allows the sedan to deliver a decent fuel economy. It has the ability of producing 11.4 Kmpl in the city traffic conditions, while mileage goes up to 14.9 Kmpl on the bigger roads. On the other hand, the 1.3-litre multijet diesel engine is incorporated with a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system that helps in generating 19.5 Kmpl on the highways and 16.2 Kmph within the city, which is quite decent for this segment.
Ed's take :The power produced by the Linea Classic is just sufficient to potter around in city.
The double overhead camshaft based diesel power plant has the ability to churn out a power output of 74.9bhp at 4000rpm in combination with a peak torque output of 197Nm at just 1750rpm. Whereas, the 1368cc petrol engine can generate a maximum power of 88.8bhp at 6000rpm along with 115Nm of torque at 4500rpm, which is pretty good for Indian road conditions.
Ed's take :The Linea Classic gets a basic music system and it has manual air-conditioning and not climate control.
The top end trim in this model line up is bestowed with an integrated audio system that keeps its occupants entertained all through their journey. It features a CD, MP3 player as well as FM radio tuner along with USB interface. It also has a roof mounted antenna that assists in better reception of radio signals. At the same time, the car owner can even personalize their trim with various internal or styling aspects according to their comfort. Some of the interior features are high quality leather upholstery, floor carpets, car perfume as well as music system and luggage compartment lamp. Apart from these, its exteriors can be added with a stylish spoiler, eye catching body graphics, side moldings, roof rails as well as protective claddings that boosts its appearance.
Ed's take :The handling of the Linea Classic is brilliant. Fiat has one of the best handling vehicles and the Linea is definitely one of them.
The automaker has given this sedan a proficient suspension as well as reliable braking mechanism, which keeps the vehicle well balanced and stable at all times. Its front wheels are fitted with a set of ventilated disc brakes and a sturdy set of drum brakes for the rear ones. This mechanism is further assisted by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. On the other hand, its front axle is assembled with an independent wheel, while the rear one gets a torsion beam type of suspension system. These axles are further loaded with helical coil springs along with double acting telescopic dampers and stabilizer bar that helps to keep it to tackle all the jerks caused on roads. It is incorporated with a hydraulic power assisted steering system that is highly responsive and makes it easy to handle even in peak traffic conditions. This steering wheel has tilt adjustment function and it supports a minimum turning radius of 5.4 meters.
Ed's take : The safety features on the Linea Classic is ABS. It misses out on airbags as well.
For a stress free driving experience, this sedan is incorporated with several safety aspects, which ensures proper security of the occupants and vehicle as well. The list of advanced features in the Classic Plus variant includes central door lock system, rear windscreen with a defogger, exact door open indicators and anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution that avoids skidding even on the slippery roads. The seat belts are give for all passengers along with driver seat belt notification, which is displayed on the instrument panel. The fire prevention system helps in cutting off the fuel supply in case of car crash. It has an advanced engine immobilization device with rolling codes that prevents it from theft and any unauthorized entry. In addition to these, it has engine and gear box shield, double crank prevention system, a high mounted stop lamp and a pair of rear fog lamps that adds to the safety quotient.
The wheel arches of all its variants are equipped with a conventional set of 14 inch steel wheels. These rims are covered with tubeless tyres of size 175/70 R14, which offers a superior grip on any road conditions. These wheels have been covered with full wheel covers that add a stylish look to its side profile. The company has also given a full size spare wheel, which is affixed in the boot compartment with all other tools required for changing a flat tyre. It is a standard aspect across all the variants.
1. Reasonable price range is a big plus point.
2. Mileage of diesel engine is quite decent.
3. Safety features of the top end trim are remarkable.
4. Internal cabin space is spacious with ample leg room.
5. Decent ground clearance is an advantage.
1. Absence of alloy wheels is a big minus.
2. Music system is available in top end variant only.
3. Poor fuel economy of the petrol variant is a disadvantage.
4. There is still scope of improving its exterior appearance.
5. Many more comfort and safety features can be added.
|1.3 Multijet |
|Plus 1.3 Multijet |
|1.4 Petrol |