Originally launched as an entry level sedan, Fiat Linea always had higher potential to take on its segment higher cars like City and Verna. Now, Fiat has also realized the fact and that’s probably the reason why they have repositioned the new gen of Linea in our market as a premium mid-size sedan with keeping its old generation, Classic as an entry level option. With new features and updates, the new Linea is all set to battle against cars like Vento, Rapid, new City and updated Verna 2014.
In this article, we try to give you a brief idea about how the new Linea stands against all its rivals namely vs the new 2014 Hyundai Verna, new Honda City, Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid.
Apart from new interior designing and material, Fiat has also added significant features in new Linea. The top variant comes with premium features like Automatic climate control, cruise control, leather upholstery, rear a.c vents, height adjustable driver’s seat, an integrated music system with four speakers, two tweeters, USB, Aux-in, CD and new Microsoft’s software, Blue and me for Bluetooth compatibility.
Linea also has adjustable steering wheel with electrically adjustable side mirrors, steering mounted controls for Bluetooth connectivity and music system. For your safety, Fiat provides Dual front airbags, reverse parking sensors and ABS with EBD. On the outside, Linea retains its big 16inches alloy wheels, fog lamps and new chrome finishing all around the car with newly integrated indicators on ORVMs.
Linea surely gives Vento and Rapid a tough competition in terms of features. Both these cars come with 15inches alloy wheels, rear a.c vents, integrated audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, height adjustable driver’s seat and electrically adjustable ORVMs. For safety as well both the cars are equipped with front dual airbags and ABS with rear parking sensors.
It’s the new City and updated Verna in this segment which offers the most features. The top variant VX of City comes with many first in class features like electric sunroof, electric folding side mirrors and five-inch touch screen along with all the other premium features seen in its competitors.
Similar to City, Verna also is a complete value for money car with long list of features including newly added curtain airbags, automatic projector headlamps with LED indicators. The SX (O) variant also gets reverse parking camera with sensors, Bluetooth connectivity, all disc brakes and many other features.
Technical Specifications, Engine
The new Linea comes with only one petrol and diesel engine including its 1.4L T-jet petrol engine churning out a power output of 112bhp@ 5000rpm with a torque output of 210Nm available at 2200rpm.
The famous 1.3L Multijet diesel engine also continues to serve Linea with a power and torque output of 92bhp and 210Nm coming at 4000rpma and 2000rpm respectively. Both these engines are mated with a five speed manual gearbox. On the other hand, Vento and Rapid are available with their 1.6L petrol and diesel engines producing a power output of 105bhp. The new City is also equipped with 1.5L petrol and diesel engines with a power output of 118bhp and 100bhp respectively.
The top variant of Verna features two 1.6L engines, one each of petrol and diesel with a power output of 121bhp and 126bhp respectively. Apart from the diesel versions of Verna and City, all the other cars are served with a five-speed manual gearbox.
New Linea has been launched today with its top of the line variant, Emotion priced at INR 9.01 lakhs for its petrol version and 9.72 lakhs for its diesel version.
At this price, Linea is even costlier than Vento and Rapid which are almost priced similarly and costs around INR8.95 lakhs/9.26lakhs for their manual petrol and diesel versions respectively.
After Verna which has its petrol and diesel versions priced at INR 9.42lakhs and 10.71 lakhs, it’s the City which is the most expensive car in this slot with a price tag of INR 9.75lakhs and 10.89lakhs respectively for its manual petrol and diesel versions. (All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi)
From pricing to features the new Linea looks well prepared to mark its strong presence in the premium mid-size sedan segment of cars in our market. The Italian beauty will also be seen competing with the next gen Ford Fiesta which is also expected to enter our car market later this year. With increasing number of competitors, it will be interesting to see which car becomes the ruler of this segment depending on their popularity and functionality.