Fiat India launched the 2012 Linea on January 3rd 2012. The new Linea is priced in the range of Rs. 6.83 lakh – Rs. 9.18 lakh.
The gorgeous Italian sedan now gets new features such as rain sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, improved sound proofing (for the diesel versions), improved air conditioning and best-in-class ground clearance (185 mm).
The 2012 Linea is powered by the same engine and transmission as the older model. The petrol Linea is offered in two engine variants: a 1.4-litre, 88 bhp engine and a 1.4-litre, turbo-charged, 113 bhp T-jet engine. The diesel Linea is powered by the 1.3 Multijet diesel that puts out 92 bhp of power and returns a mileage of 20.4 kmpl. Let us take a look at the features and gadgets of the 2012 Linea.
‘Automatic’ and ‘Follow me home’ headlamps
The 2012 Linea comes with ‘automatic headlamps’. The car is equipped with photo sensors that switch on the headlamps automatically, when the car is driven through a poorly lit area. Further, the ‘follow me headlamps’ feature keeps the headlamps on for a certain time (can be preset to between 30 seconds – 210 seconds) even after the car is locked.
Rain sensing wipers
The 2012 Linea gets rain sensing wipers. There are optical sensors that detect rainfall and switch the wipers on/off automatically. The speed of the wiper is adjusted automatically as well depending on the intensity of the rainfall.
Elegant central console
The classy central console has an integrated music system and an automatic climate control system. The music system can play CD/MP3, has FM/AM tuner and four speakers.
Rear AC vent
The rear AC vent helps in cooling the cabin quickly. The automatic climate control system further maintains the cabin temperature.
Blue & me
The 2012 Linea features ‘Blue & Me’ which is essentially voice recognition technology. Phone calls can be answered while SMS’s can be read out. The steering mounted audio and Bluetooth controls help in controlling the audio system and phone without taking hands off the steering wheel.
The instrument cluster in the new Linea has an on-board computer. It displays external temperature, real time mileage and distance to empty. It also has a service schedule reminder, date & clock setting, buzzer setting for speed alarm, automatic door locks and front passenger airbag deactivation.
Airbags and ABS
The 2012 Linea has safety features such as dual stage front airbags with early crash sensors. The ABS feature along with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) ensures better control of vehicle during unfavorable conditions.