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It seems like the Italian automaker Fiat is planning big for the Indian auto market in the coming season. It has just rolled out the Fiat Linea Classic model series, which is made available in two trim levels. Fiat Linea Classic 1.3 Multijet is the diesel variant that comes in the Classic series. This variant has been priced very competitively, which will allow it to compete with the most popular sedans like Ford Fiesta and Chevrolet Sail. The company has rolled out this new sedan in a bid to target mass number of car enthusiasts, who look for budget friendly sedan models. This sedan comes with a right combination of features, engine specifications, fuel efficiency and style that pays off complete value for money. Powering this new variant is the 1.3-litre 4-cylinder, 16-valve based Multijet diesel motor that produces 1248cc of displacement capacity. This engine is not just the powerful but also fuel efficient as well, which can offer a peak mileage of about 19.5 Kmpl, when driven under standard conditions. This new sedan is blessed with black color interior scheme, where it has been loaded with some of the exciting utility based comfort features. This new sedan also gets some of the significant safety features including rear fog lamps, double crank prevention system and so on.
When it comes to the style and appearance, the new Fiat Linea Classic 1.3 Multijet trim looks mostly alike the existing variants of Fiat Linea. However, it misses out the silver garnished radiator grille and fog lights, while the side profile has been blessed with 14 inch steel wheels. To start with the front facade, this new variant has been decorated with the same old headlight cluster borrowed from the existing variants of Linea, while the radiator grille also gets the same design, but with black color coating. The headlight cluster has been incorporated with dual parabola headlamps and turn indicators in it. The stylish company logo has been fitted on to the grille, which will enhance the style of its front facade. The front bumper has been painted in body color and it is designed with air dam and air ducts. The side profile of this model is bestowed with black colored external rear view mirrors and door handles, while the beautifully molded wheel arches have been fitted with 14 inch steel wheels of size 175/70 R14, which have a robust gip on the road. The rear profile of this sedan remains entirely simple and decent without much of a design on its boot. The boot lid is fitted with the company logo and variant badging that adds the style to its rear, while the bumper has been painted in body color.
The interior cabin section of this variant comes with a dual tone key color scheme with beige and black, wherein the dashboard is coated in black color, while the seats are covered with beige vinyl upholstery. However the interior cabin does not look cheap at all because of the high quality material used by the company. Here the dashboard has been incorporated with several utility and comfort features including air conditioner system, storage compartment, a tachometer, a speedometer, a digital clock and so on. This model gets a three spoke steering wheel and a leather wrapped gearshift knob that adds to the fascinating driving experience. The seats inside the cabin are pretty wide and well cushioned that takes care of the luxury of the passengers. There are several other noticeable features incorporated inside the cabin including rear armrest, manually adjustable outside rear view mirrors, a hydraulic power assisted steering wheel, adjustable rear head restraints and so on.
Engine and Performance :
The Italian automaker has bestowed this new diesel mill with a 1.3-litre, Multijet diesel power plant that comes incorporated with 4-cylinders, 16-valves and makes a displacement capacity of about 1248cc . The company has borrowed this engine from the Fiat Punto hatchback, that is powerful and fuel efficient as well. The maximum power produced this Multijet diesel engine is 75bhp at 4000rpm at the same time it yields a peak torque output of about 197Nm at 1750rpm. The company has skillfully equipped this engine with an advanced five speed manual transmission gearbox that sends the power to the front wheels of this sedan and produces a superior performance and class leading mileage. This engine can return a peak mileage of about 19.5 Kmpl , which is good considering its power and performance.
Braking and Handling :
As far as the braking and handling aspects are concerned, this new Fiat Linea Classic 1.3 Multijet trim is blessed with a sturdy set of suspension system along with proficient braking system. On its front axle, this Fiat Linea Classic gets the Independent wheel suspension system fitted along with Helicoidal Springs, which is further accompanied by telescopic dampers and stabilizer bars. The rear axle of this sedan has been bestowed with Torsion Beam type of suspension system that is further equipped with Helicoidal Springs, stabilizer bars and telescopic dampers. As far as the braking system is concerned , its front wheels are blessed with disc brakes while the rear wheels have been blessed with drum brakes. This braking mechanism works in the most efficient manner and assures precise braking on the go.
Comfort Features :
This new Fiat Linea Classic 1.3 Multijet diesel variant is blessed with quite exciting comfort and utility based features. There is no doubt that the occupants inside its cabin will never get to experience any sort of discomfort, while on the go. This new trim comes with a list of features including all four power windows with delay and auto down function, manually adjustable external wing mirrors, a rear armrest, a remote tailgate opener, tilt adjustable steering column, a bright instrument cluster with a programmable speed limit buzzer, a tachometer, a digital clock, a real time mileage indicator, a trip calculator and so on. With such exciting features, this newly launched diesel trim is going to steal the hearts of the auto enthusiasts in the Indian automobile markets.
Safety Features :
As far as the safety functions are concerned, this Fiat Linea Classic 1.3 Multijet diesel trim is bestowed with good quality functions. It comes with features including engine and gearbox shield, rear fog lamps, a double crank prevention system, a driver seatbelt warning lamp, height adjustable front headlamps, a fire prevention system and an advanced engine immobilizer system with a rolling code, which will prevent unauthorized access.
Pros : Good engine performance, spacious interiors.
Cons : Exteriors could have been made more stylish, not so impressive comfort features.