Fiat India tries its luck in second innings with the launch of a cut-price version of the Linea christened ‘Linea Classic’, which will directly compete with the likes of Ford Classic, Chevrolet Sail Sedan, Mahindra Verito, Maruti Dzire and the Honda Amaze. To cut costs, Fiat has removed quite a lot of equipment compared to the Linea and thus you get a mid-size sedan for sub 4-metre compact sedan money. Fiat claims that the Linea is the longest sedan in its price segment and we really have no intentions to doubt this claim.
The Linea Classic is being offered in two trim levels, Classic and Classic+ with both diesel and petrol engine options. The petrol is only available in Classic for now, while the diesel is available in both Classic and Classic+ variants. The petrol is priced at Rs 5.99 lakh while the diesel is priced from Rs 6.96 lakh and goes up to Rs 7.49 lakh for the Classic+ diesel version. The regular Linea in the meanwhile starts at Rs 7.12 lakh (all prices mentioned are of ex-showroom Delhi).
As we said yesterday, the Linea Classic loses-out some features such as ABS, airbags, Blue & Me, fog lamps, steering mounted controls, front-armrest, beige dashboard and electrically controlled wing mirrors. However, alloy wheels, chrome inserts and auto climate control are available only on the Classic+ diesel variant. On the inside, a factory fitted stereo is retained that supports AUX-In and USB. The all-black dashboard has been borrowed from the Punto’s Active variant. Also the 15” inch wheels have been replaced by 14”inch units.
To name some features on the Linea Classic include all four power windows, hydraulic power steering, tilt steering, rear armrest, manual AC, programmable speed limit buzzer, follow me home headlamps, multi-information display and fire prevention system as standard. And is available in choice of 5 color options; Oceanic Blue, Tuscan Wine, Minimal Grey, Hip Hop Black and Pearl White. The Linea Classic will try to make a mark with people looking for the ‘sedan’ experience at the price of a premium hatchback.
Under the hood, the Fiat Linea Classic is offered with two engine options a 1.4-litre T-Jet turbo petrol engine outputting 112 Bhp-207 Nm with a claimed fuel economy of 14.9 Kmpl and a 1.3-litre Multijet turbo diesel engine outputting 90 Bhp-209 Nm with a claimed fuel economy of 19.5 kmpl. Both the engines are mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and the Italian automaker offers a 3+2 years warranty on the vehicle.
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