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Fiat Linea

Being the work of a renowned Italian manufacturer, the Linea was elaborated in Turkey (Tofas plant) & launched in 2007. Initially, the car was targeting the developing markets, however later on it advanced to the EU. A year later, Fiat introduced the model to the Brazilian drivers. In 2010 the company started the production of this sedan in India and keeps on developing the line to date. The latest Fiat Linea review cracks open some secrets of the model’s success.

Highlights

The compact-size class Fiat Linea features the following specifications:

- body type: 5-door 5-seater sedan;

- dimensions: 4596x1730x1494 mm (l/w/h);

- wheelbase: 2603 mm;

- clearance index: 150 mm;

- curb weight: 1185 kg;

- boot capacity: 500 liters (with rear seats up), 870 liters (with rear seats down);

- fuel tank: 45 liters.

External & Internal Facelift

As distinct from the first production versions, an updated Linea (for the 2013) forfeited a divided grille, adorned with rectangular meshes. Instead, the hood received a chrome-plated grille with vertical stripes and upper badge. The trunk lid also accommodates a chrome-plated panel, replenished by blanking for a number plate. The rear bumper grandstands with an elegant diffuser.

The cabin boasts quite attractive styling. The piano-lacquer panels add luxury to the interior trimming (as well as round airflow deflectors). All controls are arranged in the dashboard according to tiered architecture concept. The fascia houses a standard kit of gauges with stand-alone shafts & large figures.

The Linea offers enough room for all passengers. The rear seats can be folded by 40:60 proportion, if there is need in additional storage space. The front seats lack comfort: their central section is buries, while the back section is bulging. Front passengers can use a middle-sized armrest.

Under-the-Hood Equipment

To proceed with Fiat Linea review, it’s vital to underline that this model is shipped with both petrol & diesel engines. The first aggregate – a 1.4-liter T-JET petrol unit – produces 112 horsepower, whereas its diesel comrade – a 1.3-liter MultiJet – offers 92 horsepower. The pair employs a 5-speed manual transmission that gives power to the front wheels. The chassis incorporates independent front suspension & semi-dependent rear suspension. Braking system consists of front disk ventilated and rear drum brakes.

Modifications

Throughout history, Fiat Linea was available in four trims. The base Linea Active brags about a bunch of modern comfort & safety facilities. It houses power windows (both front & rear), AC vents, hydraulic steering, dimming fascia lights, and speed-sensitive wipers. Unfortunately, this trim lacks antilock braking system.

The Linea Dynamic is shipped with analogous facilities as well as such add-ons like front fog lamps, remote entry, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, power exterior rearview windows, speed-limit alert, interior lighting system, and roof lights. The Emotion version comes with 15-inch alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control, a 6-speaker audio system, electric trunk opening, a sunglass holder, and a glove-box.

Finally, the top Linea Emotion Pack adds dual front airbags, front vanity mirrors, audio controls on the steering wheel, front seatbelts with pretensioners, seatbelt load limiters, Blue&Me multimedia system with voice recognition & Windows Media player.

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