Fiat Linea

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Fiat Linea
Fiat Linea in Kraków (1).jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Fiat
Production 2007–present
Assembly Betim, Minas Gerais, Brazil (Fiat Automóveis)
Bursa, Turkey (Tofaş A.S.)
Ranjangaon, Pune, India (Fiat India)[1]
Naberezhnye Chelny, Russia (Sollers)[2]
Designer Centro Stile Fiat
Body and chassis
Class Family car
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout FF layout
Platform Fiat Small platform[3]
Related Alfa Romeo MiTo
Fiat Grande Punto
Fiat Punto Evo
Fiat Fiorino III
Fiat Qubo
Opel Corsa D
Opel Meriva B
Citroën Nemo
Peugeot Bipper
Powertrain
Engine 1.4L Fire I4 petrol
1.4L Fire Turbojet I4 petrol
1.8L E.torQ I4 Flexfuel
1.9L Torque I4 Flexfuel
1.3L Multijet I4 diesel
1.6L Multijet I4 diesel
Transmission 5-speed manual
6-speed manual
5-speed semi-auto
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,603 mm (102.5 in)
Length 4,560 mm (179.5 in)
Width 1,730 mm (68.1 in)
Height 1,494 mm (58.8 in)
Curb weight 1,160 to 1,185 kg (2,557 to 2,612 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor Fiat Marea

The Fiat Linea (Type 323) is a family car released on March 26th, 2007 at the Tofaş plant in Bursa, Turkey, by the Italian automaker Fiat as a world car in developing countries. It replaced the aging Marea as the largest saloon in the Fiat range. It is based on the current Fiat Grande Punto platform. The Linea was designed by Fiat Style Centre and co-developed by Tofaş (joint venture between the Fiat Group and Koç Holding) and Fiat do Brasil.

History[edit]

The Linea's size is similar to saloon versions of other small family cars, such as the Ford Focus, Mazda 3 and Vauxhall/Opel Astra. Its wheelbase is 2,603 mm (102.5 in), or 100 mm (3.9 in) longer than its sister models, and its total length is 4,560 mm (179.5 in), or 500 mm (19.7 in) longer than its sister models.

At launch, in Turkey in 2007, the car was initially available with a 1.4 Fire gasoline engine and 1.3 Multijet diesel engine. The 1.4 TurboJet engine with 120 PS, and the 1.6 diesel with 105 PS were the next models to be made available. Production at the Tofaş plant is mostly aimed at the local Turkish market, whereas CBUs are shipped out for the EU market and CKD components are shipped to the Tatarstan plant of a Fiat joint venture in Russia.

Launched in September 2008 in Brazil, the Linea was available there with a 1.9 L 16v "Torque" engine with 132 PS (97 kW; 130 hp), to make it flexible for the Brazilian market (capable of using petrol or ethanol). Also in Brazil the Linea is available with a 1.4 L 16v T-Jet petrol-only engine with 152 PS (112 kW; 150 hp); the same engine used in Fiat Grande Punto Abarth in Europe.

The Fiat Linea was launched in South Africa in September 2009.[4]

Launched in January 2009 in India, the Linea is there available with a 1.4 L Fire petrol engine 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp), and 1.3 L Multijet diesel engine of 93 PS (68 kW; 92 hp). Another variant of the Fiat Linea, which includes the much acclaimed 1.4 L T-JET Engine providing 114 PS (84 kW; 112 hp), was released on October 8th, 2010 in India.[citation needed]

In 2010 (2011 model) Fiat replaced the Torque engine (1.9 16v Flex) with a new 1.8 16v E.torQ, derived from the old 1.6 16v SOHC Tritec engines used in the Mini Cooper and Chrysler PT Cruiser. Fiat Powertrain Technologies changed the displacement from 1598 cc to 1747 cc and made it a flex fuel engine (ethanol/petrol). Max power output was the same (compared with old Torque engine), but it would be reached earlier,[citation needed] and torque has increased from 183 N·m (135 lb·ft) to 185 N·m (136 lb·ft). Car performance did not change significantly; using only E-Torq engines in Latin America was largely a strategic decision for Fiat.

Fiat Linea runs in a different segments and has different competition in Brazil, and India. In Brazil it is positioned against the Honda Civic, Chevrolet Vectra (Opel Astra), Toyota Corolla, Citroën C4 Pallas, Nissan Sentra and Ford Focus,[citation needed] whereas in India it is positioned in the upper C segment and goes against cars like Ford Fiesta, Honda City and Hyundai Accent/Verna.[citation needed] This positioning has been done to gain a foothold in the Indian market and to achieve the reduced price several features such as the TS and ESC (which are optional).[citation needed]

Car systems[edit]

Linea is equipped with the Blue&Me hands-free system, a Microsoft Windows Mobile-based system with multilanguage voice recognition and speech functions.[5] The system allows one to browse the mobile's phonebook, read SMSs aloud and display them on the MID, and controls the audio system. A USB stick with music files on it can be plugged into the built-in USB port and music can be played via Blue&Me's built-in Microsoft Windows Media Player.

In Brazil, the Linea can be equipped, optionally, with a Blue&Me Nav system; an enhanced Blue&Me system that has a GPS system integrated. This GPS system doesn't utilise a touch screen to show maps, instead it uses a regular display that gives directions by voice guidance and displays directional arrows for navigation. You can enter your destination address, as well as other instructions, by voice, just like the regular Blue&Me system, or using the controls on the steering wheel. The Linea is the first car in Brazil that has an integrated GPS system.

Engines[edit]

Model[6] Engine Displacement Power Torque 0–100 km/h,s Top speed
1.4 - 8v I4 1368 cc 77 PS (57 kW) @ 6000 rpm 115 N·m (85 lb·ft) @3000 rpm 14.6 165 km/h (103 mph)
1.4 - 16v I4 1368 cc 90 PS (66 kW) @ 6000 rpm 115 N·m (85 lb·ft) @4500 rpm 13.6 182 km/h (113 mph)
1.3 Multijet 16v I4 1248 cc 90 PS (66 kW) @ 4000 rpm 200 N·m (148 lb·ft) @1750 rpm 13.8 170 km/h (106 mph)
1.6 Multijet 16v I4 1598 cc 105 PS (77 kW) @ 4000 rpm 290 N·m (214 lb·ft) @1500 rpm 11.0 190 km/h (118 mph)
1.4 16v T-Jet I4 1368 cc 120 PS (88 kW) @ 5000 rpm 206 N·m (152 lb·ft) @1750 rpm 9.2 195 km/h (121 mph)
1.4 16v T-Jet I4 1368 cc 152 PS (112 kW) @ 5500 rpm 207 N·m (153 lb·ft) @2250 rpm 8.5 203 km/h (126 mph)
1.9 16v Flex (*) I4 1839 cc 132 PS (97 kW) @ 5750 rpm 183 N·m (135 lb·ft) @4500 rpm 10.5 188 km/h (117 mph)
1.8 16v E-Torq Flex I4 1747 cc 132 PS (97 kW) @ 5250 rpm 185 N·m (136 lb·ft) @4500 rpm 9.9 192 km/h (119 mph)

(*) Discontinued

Fiat Linea in India[edit]

Fiat Linea T Jet in India

Presently, the four different variants of Fiat Linea available are: Active, Dynamic, Emotion and Emotion Pack. A Linea Dynamic pack was also available earlier but has been discontinued since April 2010. All these variants are available with both petrol (1.4 L FIRE) and diesel (1.3 L MultiJet) engine option. These versions are decided on the basis of price to content ratio in these vehicles. Some Standard features of Fiat Linea include: automatic climate control, Blue&Me with steering mounted controls, speed sensitive front wipers and volume control, dual rear AC vents, and Advanced Driver information System (DIS).

Fiat Linea marked the comeback of Fiat in the Indian market, and has now come up with Fiat Linea T Jet. The Linea T Jet is equipped with a 1.4L turbo charged petrol engine and shells out 114 PS (84 kW; 112 hp) at 5000 rpm and a torque of 207 N·m (153 lb·ft) at 2200 rpm. The Fiat Linea T Jet has an acceleration which ranges from 0–100 km/h in 10.2 seconds and reaching to a top speed of 200 km/h (124 mph).

Some additional features of Linea T-Jet (Indian version) include: 16-inch alloy wheels with 205/55 R16 tires having disc brakes on all four tires, Italian leather seats, increased ground clearance of 185 mm (7.3 in), best in class better than any other sedan of the segment}, improved quality of interiors.

Fiat Linea models

Fiat Linea Active It is the base variant that comes with most of the safety, comfort and convenience features like rear AC vents, all four power windows with Auto up/down feature, theater dimming front cockpit lights with spotlight function, hydraulic power steering, speed sensitive front wipers and AC adjusted for tropical climate but lacks two important features - ABS and dual airbags as they are not mandatory in India.
Fiat Linea Dynamic It comes with a few more features like Driver Seat height adjust, electrically adjustable outside rear-view mirror (ORVMs), Programmable Speed Limit Warning System, additional rear cabin lights, front fog lamps, night panel in roof lights, rear roof light, and foldable desmodronic remote key.
Fiat Linea Emotion The additional features that this variant offers are: automatic climate control with dual Rear AC Vents, 15-inch alloys, ABS with EBD CD player with 6 speakers, front seat arm rest with glove box, double folding rear back seat, collapsible rear sun curtain, sun glass holder, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, electric boot opening from the remote on the foldable key, and front seat back pockets.
Fiat Linea Emotion Pack It is the top-end variant of the Fiat Linea which offers a few additional features in comparison to its lower variants. These features are: Blue&Me system with Windows Media player and voice interaction and commands, dual front airbags, front seat belts pre-tensioners & load limiter, steering mounted audio, Blue&Me controls and vanity mirrors on both sides.

In 2012 only three variants are available; Emotion, Dynamic and Active for diesel variant and Acrive and Dynamic for 1.4 F.I.R.E. engine and T-Jet & T-Jet + version for Petrol.

L'Unico Club[edit]

In Brazil, Fiat is aiming the Linea towards the Japanese cars, such as Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, the market leaders for its class. As such, Fiat has launched the L'Unico Club,[7] that offers VIP services for Linea owners, such as special exclusive lines and exclusive attendants for Linea owners, invitations for special events (concerts, theater plays, expositions, etc.), get and deliver service for maintenance and 3 years warranty, the longest warranty for Fiat cars in Brazil.

Fiat First[edit]

In India, the Linea along with the Grande Punto are part of the special service from Fiat, namely Fiat First, launched on October 15th, 2009 to provide 24x7 Road Assistance for punctures, common spares, accident repairs and towing. Fiat provides free 24x7 Roadside Assistance package for 50 months with 2+2 years extended warranty to all Fiat customers. This service is exclusive to Fiat India only.[8] The Fiat Linea competes with subcompact sedans like the Honda City, Ford Fiesta 1.6S, Hyundai Verna and the Maruti Suzuki SX4.[citation needed] Fiat boasts of an extensive and growing sales network in India with its partnership with TATA Motors. Tata-Fiat showrooms have on display cars from both manufacturers. The car is manufactured at Fiat's state of the art Ranjangaon facility in Pune, Maharashtra. In Mid-2011 Fiat and Tata decided to diverge on the marketing front, with Fiat opting to set up exclusive showrooms for its cars - the Fiat Grande Punto 2012 and the Fiat Linea 2012 - released on January 3rd, 2012. The showrooms will be set up in around 20 major metro cities like Chennai, Bengaluru, Mumbai and New Delhi by end-2012 or early-2013.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Krishnan, Janaki (2008-11-21). "Fiat India to launch Linea sedan in December". reuters.com. Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  2. ^ "Edmunds, InsideLine: Fiat Linea To Be Built in Russia". Insideline.com. 2010-07-13. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  3. ^ 27 May 2010 (2010-05-27). "Fiat's radical platform plan". Autocar.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  4. ^ "Fiat's Corolla fighter here: : New Models". Wheels24.co.za. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  5. ^ "Blue & Me - Fiat and Microsoft Collaboration - Software Development - Site Home - MSDN Blogs". Blogs.msdn.com. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  6. ^ "New models". italiaspeed.com. Retrieved 2007-05-03. 
  7. ^ "Testes: Fiat Linea T-Jet". quatrorodas.abril.com.br. Retrieved 2009-08-30.  (Portuguese)
  8. ^ "16.10.2009 FIAT INDIA SET TO ENHANCE THE OWNERSHIP EXPERIENCE". www.italiaspeed.com/2009. Retrieved 2009-10-21. 

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