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). The Linea Classic 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. Fiat Linea Classic is now available in three variants- a 1.4L Petrol Classic, a 1.3L Multijet Classic 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.
Fiat India has brought a scaled down version of the on-going Linea model, labeled as Linea Classic. The Linea Classic has shown up with a starting price of Rs. 5.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). On the other hand, the regular Linea is on-sale at a starting price of Rs 7.12 lakh. Almost every automaker is charged up with the festive season nearing, and are coming up with newer models in an affordable price range. This is a clear result of the slowdown blues being faced by almost every auto company, thus another strategic move to pump up the sales in India market. Back to Linea Classic, is designed with the motive to serve the feel of sedan at the price of premium hatchback. The Italian automaker definitely have lured the market with its regular Linea in the past, and now Linea Classic walks down the lanes. Indian market has always been showed up as full of opportunities, and Fiat's endeavor with Classic's launch has proven on company's wit. In India, festive season is one peak time when auto companies expect their maximum sales and kind of happy days return to them. And in emergent markets, affordable range of cars are always looked forward by the customers. So, it seems Fiat has chosen a perfect time to launch another of its economy model in the market.
The most highlighted factor is the positioning of this price-cut version of Linea, which has been placed in the C-segment. This placement of this newly launched model is clear indication of the company's motive to increase their sales, which have been hampered for quite a long time. This being the first launch amongst the nine launches planned for Indian market on the company's desk in the next three years. Overall, it can be said that Linea Classic is another version to regular Linea with few reductions mainly on the features and slight changes to engine specs. But with this company assures to deliver its customers with the wow feeling that is usually part of any Sedan segment. The removed features will not really bother the driving dynamics of the car.
The all-new Linea Classic has been launched into two different variants- Classic and Classic+. This sedan has been made available with both diesel and petrol fuel options, the 1.3-liter (Multijet) diesel engine and 1.4-liter (FIRE) petrol engine. The Classic variant is available with both petrol and diesel engine, while the Classic+ is made available with Multijet diesel engine. Looking at the price list of all the variants- the 1.4L petrol Classic is priced at Rs 5.99 lakh, 1.3L Multijet Classic at Rs 6.95 and the 1.3L Multijet Classic+ is fixed at Rs 7.50 lakh. All the exclusive Fiat dealerships will make this sedan available soon across the nation. It can be concluded seeing the model that it has been packed with complete fulfillment offering a sense of pride at this surprisingly low price. Moreover, the festive season will evoke the sales for this brand new launched sedan. This beautiful sedan will be painted into 5 vibrant colors- Oceanic Blue, Tuscan Wine, Minimal grey, Hip Hop Black and Pearl White. Company has not compromised much with the features, and has provided with advanced and class-leading features like, Programmable speed limit buzzer, Hydraulic Power steering, dual parabola headlamps, fire prevention system and a long list to delight the proud owners of it. The safety features will not be of top-notch ones and few omissions are there, while alloy wheels and climate control are still available with top variants. Other removed features includes airbags, fog lamps, auto air con, beige dashboard, Blue&Me, steering mounted audio controls and power windows for rear doors. Moving to the competition, Linea Classic will lock horns with Ford Fiesta Classic, Chevrolet Sail, Honda Amaze, Swift Dzire and Mahindra Verito. The competition certainly seems to be fierce, moreover Classic has to stand against the segment leading Maruti Dzire.
The budget sedan from the stables of Fiat looks quite promising with a view to make the local market experience an affordable sedan feel. The engine specs allow this sub-4 meter sedan to churn a powerful performance with Multijet diesel engine putting up 75bhp and 1.4L(FIRE) petrol engine generating 90bhp. The diesel engine also gets a FGT (fixed geometry turbo) which is being shared with the regular diesel model. FGT has replaced the variable geometry unit, which was earlier part of Linea diesel. It is noticeable that Fiat Punto also houses the Multijet unit with a FGT, and puts up maximum power output of 75bhp. Both the motors are mated with 5 speed manual transmission gearbox.
The Linea Classic has been bound with lot of potential, which makes it strong enough to hold on its sales numbers even after the launch of facelift Linea, replacing all other regular models. This facelift model will be featured with more features and a more potent diesel engine. Looking at the exteriors of Linea Classic, the size reduction is quite obvious to bring it into the C-segment cars, but it still retains the original beauty of regular Linea model. The front fascia of Linea Classic has been exactly borrowed from the Linea model. The interiors of Fiat cars have always been in the spotlight as it offers the best quality Italian designed cabin. The plush cabin and top-in-class material used to build the interiors have always made Fiat cars stand apart. With the above mentioned engine specs, one can expect mileage figures of 14.9kmpl with the petrol variant and around 19.5kmpl of fuel economy through diesel powered version. These figures are pretty good to make it stand the competition, and put it in front against other brands. Such advanced engine specs allows this sedan to deliver such impressive fuel efficiency along with a powerful performance. The newbie from Fiat boasts best-in-class length, perfect ground clearance and appropriate wheelbase. Along with this the exquisite Italian craftsmanship is a worth praising. The overall length has been reduced to 3987mm, wheelbase of 2510mm and ground clearance measures 185mm.
This is the only petrol variant of the newly launched, which houses a 1.4-liter DOHC, 1368cc, 16 valves Fire Petrol mill that churns maximum power output of 88.8bhp and torque of 115Nm. The features added to this particular variant includes, adjustable rear head restraints, rear armrest, tilt steering and various others....
Fiat Linea Classic- This is the base diesel variant with 1.3-liter, DOHC, 1248cc, 16 valve multijet diesel engine under the bonnet. This engine specs allows to generate max power of 75bhp and peak torque of 197Nm. The base diesel has been provided with Fire prevention System, body colored bumpers, manual operated ORVMs and others....
The top diesel variant has got the same engine specs as in the base model. Whereas this being the top variant it certainly sports more features than the base like, ABS, central door locking system, rear defogger, exact door indicators and others....
Ed's take:The Linea Classic’s multijet has always been fuel-efficient and there is no hiding. The petrol has decent mileage.
Compact sedan segment cars mainly compete with each other when it comes to fuel economy figures. Linea Classic has been launched into both petrol and diesel versions- 1.4-liter Fire petrol engine and 1.3-liter Multijet diesel engine. There is one petrol variant and two diesel variant available in the market. The petrol mill generates power output of 88.8bhp @ 6000rpm and torque of 115Nm @ 4500 rpm. While, the diesel variant is able to put up 75bhp @ 4000rpm and torque of 197Nm @ 1750rpm. Both the engines are mated with five speed manual transmission gearbox that allows a smooth ride along with better fuel efficiency. As per the company's claims, the petrol would generate mileage figures of 14.9kmpl and diesel to offer 19.5kmpl.
Ed's take:The power produced by the Linea Classic is just sufficient to potter around in city.
Linea classic has two engine options- 1.4-liter, DOHC, 1368cc, 16 valve Fire petrol engine and 1.3-liter, DOHC, 1248cc, 16 valves Multijet diesel engine. There is one single variant with petrol engine, while diesel has been launched with two different variants. The frugal engines fitted with Linea Classic are responsible for delivering upto the mark performance of the sedan. Petrol mill generates max power output of 88.8bhp @6000rpm and diesel engine churns max power of 75bhp @ 4000rpm. Moreover, both the engines are mated with five speed manual transmission, which makes this sedan perfectly suited for local market and delivers appropriate power output.
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 1.4-liter, 1368cc, 16 valve, DOHC Fire petrol engine provided under Classic's hood allows superb pick-up with reaching 0-100kmph mark within 12.6 seconds. The top speed mark of 165kmph is also very impressive for this entry level sedan. On the other hand, the 1.3-liter Multijet diesel mill, FGT also offers good acceleration that makes it enable to reach 100kmph in 13.6 seconds and mark the top speed of 165kmph.
Linea Classic has been launched as a mid-size sedan, and places it in competition with Honda City, Honda Amaze, Maruti Suzuki Dzire and rest in the segment. It offers a good wheelbase, which makes this sedan spacious from its interiors. As per the recent trends, Indian automobile industry has been witnessing this particular segment expanding at the fastest pace. When it comes to the design of this brand new sedan, Fiat as always have put up a brilliant piece of architecture. It simply exhibits mind-blowing exteriors, which certainly comes out well with sound Italian engineering done to it. The front side of Linea Classic carries an extended hood and perfectly designed nose. It can be said that the bonnet design or the overall front design resembles quite to the regular Linea model. The front design comprises of human- eye-shaped dual parabola headlamps and a classic front radiator grille with chrome finish, holding company’s badge in regular style. As mentioned, Classic is a scaled down version of regular Linea, which has made fog lamps removed from this newly arrived. Overall, the front looks quite distinctive and adds value to the exterior appeal of the sedan. Moving to the side profile, the base petrol and diesel models exhibit black colored rear view mirrors, while the top diesel variant has got body colored outside rear view mirrors (ORVMs). The door handles also are black in color in the two base variants, and again the top diesel version has received body color door handles. No alloy wheels, Classic has been launched with 14-inch steel wheels across all the variants, and this again is an impact of the price-cut company has gone through. Moreover, steel wheel covers are also added to the top variant.
The dimensions of Linea Classic are- length measures 4560mm, width 1730mm, overall height 1487mm and wheelbase is of 2603mm with a boot space of 500-liters.
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.
The Interiors of Linea Classic is considered to be the best offering from the Italian automakers. Not usual with other cars of the segment, Fiat brings such high quality internal environment to their customers. The space and feel inside the sedan is definitely special like in case with the regular Linea model. No other element, but interiors are surely made in a way to woo the customers and bound them to get this sedan drive their home. The exciting interiors comprises of various features- adjustable rear head restraints, inside door handles in black color, height adjustable driver seat, rear seat folding (60:40 split), rear seat Head restraint also adjustable and an eye catchy dashboard. The instrument panel is located just behind the power steering, houses digital clock, real time mileage indicator, programmable Speed Limit buzzer and trip calculator, which shows mileage, average speed, range and duration.The seating capacity is way comfortable for 5 passengers. It also offers rear armrest, tilt steering and power steering as standard in all offerings. The base petrol and diesel version got vinyl seat upholstry, while the top diesel has got the fabric quality seats. This is pretty decent with the price Classic has shown up in the Indian market.
Fiat has taken this factor into account, and has provided modest list of comfort features with Linea Classic. All four power windows with Delay and Auto Down function are provided across the Linea Classic line-up. There is manual HVAC, rear armrest, tilt steering, manually adjustable ORVM and remote operated tail gate in the top version.
The wheelbase of 2603mm makes this sedan spacious from insides. The legroom and headroom is also pretty decent for an average height person. Shoulderoom is also good, and provides a comfortable seating for 5 passengers. The ample amount of space is responsible for a relaxing drive with Linea Classic. Seats are offered with lumbar support, and space has been calculated intelligently to give better head room and adequate elbow room for all the passengers.
Ed's take:The performance of the Linea Classic is decent and it isn’t anything phenomenal.
There are two engine options in which Linea Classic is made available- 1.4-liter, 1368cc, DOHC, Fire Petrol mill and 1.3-liter Multijet, 1248cc, DOHC, diesel engine. When it comes to performance, Linea Classic has been tunned to deliver best performance almost nearing the same as in regular Linea. The brilliant performance offered through these engine specs makes this sedan very much suitable for Indian roads. There are two variants offered with the same diesel engine specs and petrol has only one variant. The diesel mill is capable to churn impressive power output of 75bhp @ 4000rpm and peak torque of 197Nm @ 1750rpm. While the petrol is engineered to offer 88.8bhp @ 6000rpm and top torque of 115Nm @ 4500rpm. Both the variants are coupled with five speed manual transmission that assures a smooth and quieter engine. The ride is surely effortless with this newly launched sedan.
Ed's take:The Linea Classic gets a basic music system and it has manual air-conditioning and not climate control.
Linea Classic is packed with advanced audio features to make the ride more leisurely for the occupants. It comes with integrated CD/MP3 & FM player on all variants. Along with this, there is even Blue&Me with USB port and steering mounted audio and Blue&Me controls so as to provide ease with the operations. The Blue&Me is an interesting feature which allows to make and receive calls, once the Bluetooth smartphone is paired up with the system. The commands are very easy, just need to dictate the name of the person without taking off your eyes from the track and even you don't need to take your hands off the steering. Fiat has made Classic a very convenient sedan, just easy to handle while driving on busy roads.You can now buy . Great discounts available.
Linea Classic has been offered with tyre size of 175/70 R14 and turning radius of 5.4m. All the variants are provided with steel wheels and the top diesel has been added with steel wheel covers. Wheels are made such that an effortless drive can be assured and are designed to get better grip of the road. Aware with the Indian road conditions, company has designed the tyres accordingly.
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.
Company has implemented ventilated disc brakes at the front wheels and drum type in the rear wheels. This combination of both is considered to be the best when on rough surface, and sudden brakes are applied. The diesel top variant is equipped with ABS ( Anti Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) that enhances the handling of the sedan even while riding on less friction surface. Talking about the suspensions added to it, the front features independent wheel, helical coil springs, double acting telescopic dampers and stabilizer bar, and rear has been made with torsion beam, helical coil springs, double acting telescopic dampers and stabilizer bar. This set up helps to reduce the jerks while taking the sedan on off-road driving.
Ed's take: The safety features on the Linea Classic is ABS. It misses out on airbags as well.
The brand-new compact sedan from Fiat has been developed with good safety features into it. The list includes- Engine and gear box shield, ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), rear fog lamps, central door locking, rear defogger and Immobilier with rolling codes. Adding to it there is even Fire Prevention System (FPS) that cuts-off the fuel supply when faced with car crash. ABS with EBD assures perfect control of the car, and avoids skidding. Other safety features include driver seat belt warning, double crank prevention system and height adjustable front lamps. As far as handling of the sedan is concerned, the steering comes with tilt feature which ensures perfect grip of the steering wheel. The turning radius of the car is 5.4m which makes sharp turns possible with this sedan. The advanced braking system and 5 speed manual transmission makes the driveability of this sedan suitable for city roads as well as highways.
Fiat Linea Classic Pros :
Price and external dimensions
Fiat Linea Classic Cons :
Servicing after sales
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4 Cylinder 16 Valve
|11.4||14.9||88.8bhp @ 6000rpm||Standard||Standard||Not Available|
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
|16.2||19.5||75bhp @ 4000rpm||Standard||Standard||Not Available|
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
|16.2||19.5||75bhp @ 4000rpm||Standard||Standard||Standard|
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