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|
Fiat Linea Classic has a aerodynamic and a distinct appeal among all the other contenders in its segment. To begin with, the after sales service and maintenance is quite hassle free, which is a boon to the buyers. 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. This added warranty should be taken from an authorized dealer only. The company has done an excellent job in designing this vehicle. It is being sold in two diesel and one petrol variants for the customers 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. 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. 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. 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. The company designers 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. 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.
Its image is well designed with plenty of aesthetics that make it look very elegant. Its front fascia consists of a bumper which is in body color. This is available to all the variants as a standard feature. While the front radiator grille in the top end is in silver, rest have it in black. Whereas, grille has chrome over its surround. On its either sides, there are dual parabola headlamps integrated. Outside door handles as well as the outside rear view mirrors are painted in body tone. There are steel wheels integrated to all the trims, while the top end is offered with wheel covers. The rear end has a sleek boot lid with a pair of radiant tail lamps surrounding it. This also has a company emblem in the center along with the other standard variant badging as well.
An overall length of 4560mm, a breadth of 1730mm and a height of 1487mm makes this vehicle appear long. A wheelbase of about 2603mm makes room for a spacious cabin. There is a ground clearance of 185mm and it has a minimum turning circle 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.
It is well furbished with various aspects that offer convenience to the occupants and also make the cabin look appealing. Seats are very cushiony and are covered up with fabric in top end and have vinyl seats in all other trims. The internal cabin that is made of high quality scratch resistant plastic that adds to the sturdiness of this vehicle. Inside door handles are in black in base ones and silver in higher variants. Head restraints of its rear seats have adjustable facility. In the high-end trim, there is an internal roof lamp which also has a dimming effect to it. There is an instrument cluster that is embedded with a lot of notifications. List comprises of a tachometer, a digital clock, programmable speed limiter buzzer, real time mileage indicator, a trip calculator with range, mileage/ average speed and duration. There is a lamp in the trunk also which helps to keep things properly even in the dark.
An air-conditioning unit is offered to all the trims as a standard variant and is regulated manually. This unit also consists of a heater. AC vents are also well placed in order to distribute the temperature equally to all corners. Only the top end trim has been blessed with a music system with a radio tuner and also which has a support to CD and MP3 player. All the doors are integrated with power windows with a delay and auto up function. The outside rear view mirrors are to be adjusted manually. A hydraulic power steering is bestowed, which will reduce the effort of the driver to a great extent. An armrest is provided for the rear seat as well. A cable is present for opening the boot lid in base and mid-level trims, while the high end is offered with a electrically regulated tailgate open. In top end variant, there is a vanity mirror fitted to the c-passenger side sun-visor. Tilt adjustable facility that is provided for its steering wheel will allow the driver to change the arm position while driving.
Owing to a large wheelbase, its cabin is quite spacious and can accommodate about five occupants comfortably. Even tall persons can sit conveniently due to its head space. Its trunk capacity is almost 500 litres, which is very good for a sedan. This can be further increased by folding the rear seat. Its fuel tank can withhold about 45 litres in it.
Ed's take :The acceleration of the petrol is good, however the diesel lacks that punch and there is a lot of turbo lag.
Petrol mills are mated with a five-speed manual transmission gear box, which can reach a top speed of 165 Kmph. And it also is efficient in gearing up to the 100 Kmph mark from a scratch within 12.6 seconds. While its diesel mill also is coupled with a five-speed manual transmission gear box. It has the ability to reach from 0 to 100 Kmph in about 13.6 seconds and can accelerate to a maximum speed of 165 Kmph.
Ed's take :The performance of the Linea Classic is decent and it isn’t anything phenomenal.
This series is offered in both diesel and petrol versions. The 1.3-litre multijet diesel engines have a displacement of 1248cc. It has four cylinders and sixteen valves, which are arranged based on a dual overhead camshaft valve configuration. A maximum power of 75bhp at 4000rpm and a peak torque of 1750rpm is generated. It runs on a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system and delivers a mileage of 16.2 Kmpl in city conditions and about 19.5 Kmpl on runways. It is mated with a 5-speed manual transmission gear box and is efficient in reaching 100 Kmph mark in 13.6 seconds and a top speed of 165 Kmph. Whereas, 1.4-litre petrol mill with a displacement of 1368cc has four cylinders and sixteen valves. These are based on a double overhead camshaft valve configuration. Running on a multi point fuel injection supply system, a mileage of 11.4 Kmpl under city driving conditions and about 14.9 Kmpl on highways can be expected. This motor can produce a power of 88.7bhp at 6000rpm along with a torque of 115Nm at 4500rpm. It has the ability to reach top speed of about 165 Kmph and with 12.6 seconds it can breach the 100 Kmph mark.
Ed's take: The Linea Classic’s multijet has always been fuel-efficient and there is no hiding. The petrol has decent mileage.
Its 1.4-litre petrol engine combined with a multi point fuel injection supply system delivers a mileage of 11.4 Kmpl under standard driving conditions. Whereas, on bigger roads, this figure goes up to 14.9 Kmpl. When it comes to the 1.3-litre multijet diesel mill, which runs based on a common rail direct injection fuel supply system. A fuel efficiency of about 16.2 Kmpl in cities and 19.5 Kmpl on highways.
Ed's take :The power produced by the Linea Classic is just sufficient to potter around in city.
Based on a double overhead camshaft valve system, its diesel motor produces a maximum power of 74.9bhp at 4000rpm. While, a torque of about 197Nm at 1750rpm can be expected. On the other hand, petrol engine has a displacement capacity of 1368cc. This is capable of generating 88.8bhp at 6000rpm and 115Nm of a peak torque at 6000rpm.
Ed's take :The Linea Classic gets a basic music system and it has manual air-conditioning and not climate control.
This variant is blessed with a music system that has a capacity to support multiple players such as a CD, MP3 along with a USB port. An antenna is present for radio reception to its FM tuner. Customer has an option of customizing the car with many other features as per preference. These can be availed at an authorized dealer at an additional cost. Elements such as body decals, music system in base trims, leather seating and others form a part of the available list of accessories that can be added.
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.
With regards to the braking mechanism of this sedan, front wheels are equipped with ventilated disc brakes whereas, the rear ones have a pair of standard drum brakes. It is further integrated with an anti-lock braking system with an electronic brake-force distribution. This will allow the driver to have stronger control over the vehicle over all kinds of roads. In case of suspension, the front axle has an independent wheel whereas, the rear axle is mated with a torsion beam type suspension. These axles are integrated with helical coil springs with double acting telescopic dampers along with a stabilizer bar. A hydraulic based power assisted steering is bestowed for much efficient handling along with tilt adjustment facility. About 5.4 meters of its minimum turning radius is very useful, particularly on narrow roads.
Ed's take : The safety features on the Linea Classic is ABS. It misses out on airbags as well.
Features such as exact door open indicators that avoid door crashes and accidents, a central door locking system, a defogger to the rear windshield and an anti lock braking system for avoiding the locking of brakes are offered to the top end variant alone. An engine and gearbox shield is present which will protect from major damage in case of external impact. A pair of fog lamps are fitted in the rear end too. In the front there are headlamps that have height adjustment facility. There are seatbelts integrated and for there is a reminder for the driver seatbelt. In order to keep away theft related worries, manufacturer has incorporated a feature of engine immobilizer. This has rolling codes for added security.
A set of steel wheels of 14 inches are integrated to all the trims. These are covered 175/70 R14 sized tubeless tyres. These are further offered with full wheel covers that appear to be stylish. As a standard feature, a full size spare wheel is present in the boot compartment along with a tool kit to change a flat tyre.
1. Plenty of comfort features.
2. Cabin is quite roomy for a sedan.
3. Fuel economy is decent enough.
4. Safety quotient is up to the mark.
5. Overall exteriors is impressive.
1. Ground clearance is not up to the mark.
2. Absence of leather upholstery.
3. Interiors can be done up much better.
4. Other variants can also be offered a music system.
5. Even top end trim lacks alloy wheels.
|1.3 Multijet |
|Plus 1.3 Multijet |
|1.4 Petrol |
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