Italian automaker Fiat has rustled up a replacement to the Linea C-Segment sedan. The car has just ben unveiled at this year’s Istanbul Motor Show. Dubbed the Aegea, the next generation version of the Fiat Linea will arrive into India too, albeit in 2016. This timeline has been gleaned from Fiat’s own product presentation, which has put timelines ahead of every new car that has been planned for the Indian car market until 2018. Serial production for international markets will begin from later this year.
So, we’re at least a year away from the current Linea being replaced or repositioned. Coming to the new car, the Aegea, it is likely to have a new name, specific to each market that it operates in. In India, Fiat may opt to retain the Linea name plate. Nothing is certain for now though. What is certain is the fact that the Aegea is slightly smaller than the current Linea, as far as overall length goes. The new car measures 4.5 meters long, 1.78 meters wide and 1.45 meters tall.
Boot capacity is rated at 510 liters, while wheelbase clocks in at 2.64 meters, which is slightly larger than that offered on the current Linea. The car is designed to fit in five adults, and the Aegea is likely to be roomier than the current Linea given its extra width and longer wheelbase.
Coming to the engines on offer, the Aegea will feature two petrol and two diesel engines. Considering tightening emission standards across the globe, turbo power for both the motors is likely. The 1.3 liter Multijet II motor will be the mainstay of the Aegea’s diesel variants.
The 1.4 liter T-Jet, in multiple states of tune, could power the petrol powered variants. Manual and automatic gearboxes are likely to be offered considering the car’s positioning in the C-Segment sedan class. More details of this car will be revealed in the days to come. For now though, you also need to know that a hatchback and a station wagon will be spun out of this sedan. The hatchback is what Indian car buyers would be interested in, for it will replace the current Punto EVO. The Aegea will offer Fiat’s UConnect infotainment interface and steering mounter controls, among other interesting features.