A timeline for the Fiat Aegea sedan’s Europe debut has just been revealed. The sedan, which will replace the Linea globally, will hit the production line at Fiat’s Turkey factory in November this year, followed by a countrywise European debut later this year. The Aegea sedan will not be a solitary car though. It will be followed by hatchback and stationwagon variants. As far as India is concerned, the Aegea sedan and its hatchback sibling will replace the Linea and the Punto Evo here.
Going by Fiat-Chrysler’s latest plans for the Indian car market, the Aegea C-Segment sedan will make it’s India debut only in the second half 2017, which means that the already slow-selling Linea has a long and lonely battle ahead of it.
The same is the case with the Punto Evo, another slow selling B+ segment hatchback that will be replaced only in the last quarter of 2015. The only all-new cars from now to 2017 from Fiat will be the 500 Abarth hatchback and the Avventura replacement – the X3U codenamed compact SUV.
Coming back to the Aegea sedan, two petrol and turbo diesel engine options will be lined up. Given the fact that the 1.6 liter Fiat Multijet turbo diesel engine will soon make a debut in the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, and that the 1.4 liter T-Jet turbo petrol engine is available in multiple Fiat cars, both these engines are likely to be offered on the Aegea sedan, and also the premium hatchback that will be spun off from it. The Aegea will square off against the likes of the Honda City and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.
The Aegea features a longer wheelbase and is wider than the Linea sedan, which should translate into roomier interiors. In terms of interior quality and equipment too, the Aegea is likely to be much better equipped. The Fiat U-Connect infotainment interface will lead the charge in terms of in-car connectivity, while ABS, Airbags and a array of other options will up the safety quotient. Similar levels of equipment, and connectivity options will be offered on the hatchback sibling of the Aegea as well.
Expect pricing of both cars to be similar to, or slightly higher than the current day Linea and Punto Evo. The Aegea looks properly premium, in line with the C-Segment sedan buyer has come to expect in India. These mature looks are likely to translate onto the hatchback version of the car as well. Meanwhile, there are no new facelifts that are lined up both the Punto Evo and the Linea until the arrival of the new models. Fiat, clearly is betting on the X3U compact SUV, which will arrive late next year.