Fiat Linea Test Drive
Fiat Linea Pictorial Review – exteriors
A true leader is not who never losses but who has the ability to come back strongly after the loss. Fiat wants to be a leader. Fiat who once ruled the market now struggling to revive its glory. To make a mark again in India, Fiat has reorganised and overhauled its India operations. It tied up with Tata Motors for joint distribution and manufacturing of cars. Last year it promised exciting cars for the Indian market. In 2008, Fiat launched 500 cinquecento. Fiat kickstarts 2009 with linea, while the former is just a brand buliding exercise, this launch is siginificant and litmus test for fiat. Let’s check out Fiat’s new linea, can it turnaround the fortune for Fiat India???
Fiat Linea: This is not a car you will come across everyday. Linea is special, this kind of styling you won’t find any other car. The ferrari maker has done what it is best known for. It’s true that linea is nothing but flowing lines. Every where there is eye catching curved shapes, you can’t find a rectangular structure. Every forms and shapes excites you, nothing you would have seen before.
Pictures of Fiat linea
Fiat Linea: The design is unmistakably italian, parabolic drop like headlamps nicely sits on the sides of the masculine larger chrome grille. Rakish windscreen and bonnet are homogeneous thus dynamism is ensured even when the car is standstill. The 15″ alloy wheels, chunky rear view mirrors and flared up wheel arches gives a sleek side profile for the linea. The rear is simple and uncluttered. Look the linea from any angle, it cool. Admiration guaranteed.
Fiat Linea: Linea comes with two engine options. 1.4L Petrol engine is a Fiat’s popular Fully integrated robotised engine’ (FIRE) unit oozing out max power of 90PS and 115Nm of max torque at 4500rpm. Our test drive car is a diesel one and under the hood it has the most successful award winning 1.3-litre 16v MultiJet diesel. Fiat has put in VGT (Variable Geometry Turbo) and tuned up the engine for more power. Multijet diesel generates 86PS of peak power at 4000rpm and 203Nm of peak torque at 2500rpm.
Fiat Linea: Switch on the ignition, you know whether its a diesel or a petrol. But as start flooring the accelerator you can listen the diesel clatter that creeps into the cabin. But on the performance front, this multijet is a gem, it is perky and loves to be revived. There is no discern-able turbo lag. Light gearbox offers precise shift and linea is most driveable in the city. Out on the highway the things change otherwise. While the 120kmph comes quicker, the needles struggles to move after that. The engine turns noisy at higher speeds. However the multijet again proves its frugal character, even while towing 1200kg linea it returns a mileage of 14kmpl.
Fiat Linea: Though the steering is not light, it is responsive. Linea’s Mcpherson strut and non independent torison beam suspension set up makes it a impressive handler. Throw her into a corner at high speed, turn the wheel still it goes in the intended direction. 195/60 tyres offers impressive grip and brakes delivers a decent bite.
Fiat Linea: Linea is available in four colours – flamenco red, minimal grey, parla champagne and hip hop black. Thankfully we got the hip hop black linea for our test drive. It is gorgeous and the black colour gives a premium feel. If you are going to book a linea, do have a look at the hip hop black.