Fiat launches Linea T-Jet at starting price of Rs. 7.60 lakh

All you turbo-petrol enthusiasts who’ve been waiting for the Fiat Linea T-Jet, the car is finally here. It has been launched in three variants, starting with the base Fiat Linea T-Jet Active priced at Rs. 7.60 lakh ex-showroom Delhi.

The Fiat Linea T-Jet line up now ensures that Fiat has five petrol variants of the Fiat Linea to pick from including the two regular 1.4 petrol variants, besides the three diesel variants in its line up. Here’s a look at the prices ex-showroom Mumbai, for the Fiat Linea T-Jet variants, with prices in New Delhi being about Rs. 27,000 – Rs. 32,000 cheaper.

Fiat Linea T-Jet  variants and prices

Fiat Linea T-Jet Active: Rs. 7.87 lakh (Mumbai) / Rs. 7.60 lakh (Delhi)

Fiat Linea T-Jet Dynamic: Rs. 8.73 lakh (Mumbai) / Rs. 8.40 lakh (Delhi)

Fiat Linea T-Jet Emotion: Rs. 9.12 lakh (Mumbai) / Rs. 8.80 lakh (Delhi)

Fiat had earlier planned to only launch the T-Jet in Dynamic and Emotion trim, but have added the base Active variant as well, because it’s a car that would appeal to enthusiasts. However, it’s priced marginally higher than the Honda City corporate edition, which is the base Honda City variant, but Rs. 30,000 cheaper than the Honda City E MT variant. The car will come in five colours:  Pearl white, Oceanic blue, grey, black and Tuscan red.  Also read: 2013 Fiat Linea official images out

Styling and looks

The Fiat Linea T-Jet does not get any big external differentiation compared to the regular Linea other than the T-Jet badging on the boot. But the Linea is anyway a pretty well-styled car with twin-beam headlamps, a signature large chrome grille, triple barrel tail-lamps and a flowing design that does look good. The Dynamic and Emotion variants come with alloy wheels, which are 15-inch on the Dynamic variant and 16-inch on the Emotion variant. The Emotion variant gets 190 mm of ground clearance as a result compared to 185 on the Dynamic and Active.  Also see: 2012 Fiat Linea Dynamic 1.4 petrol video review

Comfort and features

Now the Fiat Linea is among the more comfortable mid-size sedans in the market thanks to its spacious cabin, 2603 mm wheel base, well-laid out interiors and a host of comfort features to match. The Linea T-Jet therefore also inherits all these qualities. The base Active variant features ABS and EBD, but no airbags. It does get a music system, fog lamps, automatic lights and other features. The dynamic variant gets alloys, Blue and Me and two airbags. The Emotion variant gets leather upholstery, bigger alloys, increased ground clearance and some chrome strips. All variants have rear AC vents, but Fiat as done away with the roller sun-blind at the rear. The boot is more than adequate with 500 litres of space.

Engine and performance

The engine is the talking point of this car. It is powered by a 1368 cc (1.4 litre) turbo-charged petrol engine that puts out 113 bhp (114PS) of power at 5000 rpm and a healthy 207 Nm of torque at 2,200 rpm. This is mated to a slick five-speed manual transmission. It’s that torque figure that makes this petrol powered car a stunner, as it provides really good low-end pick up for quick acceleration in the city. In comparison, the Honda City which is its closest price competitor and best-selling petrol mid-size sedan puts out 116 bhp of power and 146 Nm of torque. Despite all that power, the Fiat Linea T-Jet is actually more fuel efficient than its naturally-aspirated counterpart, the regular Linea petrol. The Fiat Linea T-Jet has an ARAI-certified mileage of 15.7 kmpl (compared to 14.9 kmpl for the regular 1.4 petrol).

Fiat is offering three year, 100,000 km warranty on the Fiat Linea T-Jet. Also see: 2010 Fiat Linea T-Jet road test and review

What we think

The Fiat Linea T-Jet is an enthusiast’s delight and a great car to drive. It has good handling characteristics (going by the older T-Jet’s demeanour), which make it a pleasure. It’s also got a good ride quality because of its wheelbase and well-tuned suspension and passengers do feel like they’re travelling in a more premium car. This car should do well, if Fiat manages to get its dealership network in place. It currently has 58 dealers, with a plan to reach 100 by year end. With the gap between petrol and diesel fuel prices narrowing to just about Rs. 11 now, there is likely to be a swing back to petrol cars – and that’s when this car really begins to make sense for those looking for a comfortable, feature-rich, fun-to-drive mid-size sedan. The prices seem attractive for now.