Fiat is planning to launch an updated Fiat Linea in India and the car has been spotted testing as well. But what’s also interesting is that the new Fiat Linea may debut the 1.6 litre Fiat Multijet diesel engine in India a well. The old Linea will be repositioned as the Linea Classic and be brought down the price ladder, making it quite attractive.

MotorBeam reports that Fiat India has already started testing the Fiat Linea with the 1.6 litre Multijet diesel engine. This engine is far more powerful than the current 1.3 litre Multijet and its derivatives that do duty in many Indian cars including vehicles from Maruti, Tata and Premier, while General Motors also makes an identical engine for its line-up of vehicles.

The 1.6 litre Fiat Multijet diesel engine will reportedly put out 105 bhp of power and 290 Nm of torque. The power may not be much, but it’s the torque figure that will be quite a path breaker. Currently, the other cars with 1.6 litre diesels in that segment include the Volkswagen Vento, Skoda Rapid and Hyundai Verna, with the Verna being the most powerful in terms of power figures, but has a torque output of 260 Nm.

Externally, the new Fiat Linea gets revised front bumpers, new grille, chrome strips along the side, revised rear bumper and applique on the boot. It will have an all-new dashboard and instrument panel, and a revised steering wheel. Also read: 2013 Fiat Linea official images out

 

Launching the new Fiat Linea with a more powerful diesel engine and bringing the older Linea down the price ladder a bit would give Fiat the necessary volumes it needs. Fiat is already busy expanding its dealer network and setting up independent service centres after its break up with Tata. It has plans to bring in more updated products too. Also see: 2012 Fiat Linea Dynamic 1.4 petrol video review

 

However, the question is, just how much more expensive would the new Fiat Linea be? And could there be some lessons that Fiat can learn from Ford, and its launch of the global Fiesta in 2011?

Source: MotorBeam

 

18 COMMENTS

  1. The new Linea would probably have the 1.4 T-Jet engine only in its line up, as the older engine would go into the Classic. Will wait for more info on this. @amit would have a few more details.

  2. well with this colour, and front look, this upgrade reminds me off the MUL ESTEEM …. but engine dynamics are different though …. well i’m still hesitant with these looks, ,,, i don’t wanna settle at this, ,,,, the pic was launched well before, but still i was kind of hoping some redesign …. civic hybrid is much appealing ….. this’ll anyhow take time for me to settle ….

  3. The Linea loses its one of its USPs: graceful looks. What it gains is a much needed diesel engine upgrade. Good time to buy the fully loaded versions of the current Linea with discounts after a few months.

  4. Here are my speculations! It is 2014 Linea, interiors & exteriors as mentioned somewhere on the internet seem to be based on Turkey Linea. Unsure about engine options. 1.6 would involve heavy cost implications for changes in the engine as well as gearbox. India has not yet been introduced to the 1.3 105 HP spec! Basically Fiat has 2 choices, stronger 1.3 spec or all new 1.6 spec. In either case, buyers are in for a good time. Lets not forget that Linea Classic is supposed to be out this year. Expected launch for Linea 2014 is first quarter / half of 2014, after Linea Classic. Regards.

  5. We are planning to buy present model of Linea T Jet( petrol),should we wait for the upcoming Linea facelift model ? Are they upgrading both petrol and diesel ?

  6. Diesel – Don’t bank on getting 1.6 MJD, there is no confirmation on it yet. Petrol, mostly TJet will continue. So if one wants new interiors / exteriors & has at least 6 months (which is the expected time line for this vehicle) then that person may feel that the wait is worth. From spy pics till date, there is no 6 speed. It does not really need the next level gearbox unless the purpose is pure paper comparison. Here is a funny example. I have a Punto (diesel) which can do 5k rpm (or more) in 5th gear & can outrun an i20 (diesel) which fights to do 4k in 6th gear. Not only is it really tough for an i20 down the line because of having the FGT / VGT difference but also because it has terrible handling at really high speeds. Same applies to the Linea in comparison to 6 speed competitive vehicles which are great on paper, not on real roads in real life situations. :)

  7. I do not mention speeds achieved on public forums! Rest assured that if one can push the pedal to the metal (at one’s own risk), the Punto can hit the double ton in stock condition. It does ~ 40 kmph per 1k rpm in 5th gear & injector cut off is above the 5.5k mark for the peaky delivery MJD engine. Injector cut off figures verified by hooking on an OBDII tool. All this without any mods. Note that a purist will always say that a remap gives better performance than tuning boxes which increase rail pressures. If you understand some details, the EGR is anyways cut off after a certain percentage of accelerator input. From an engine / drivetrain perspective my vehicle is in stock condition though I have been thinking about a remap and / or an upgraded gearbox. If you know, the current one is C510 5 speed & a logical upgrade is M20 6 speed. Correct me if I am wrong anywhere. :)

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