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Fiat Linea T-Jet Is Back!


2013 Fiat Linea T-Jet

Fiat India updated the Linea and Punto last year and presented it just before the 2012 Auto Expo. Sadly there was no update on top of the line T-Jet model. Being an incredible driver’s car, with extraordinary looks, lot of car enthusiasts were wondering if this was the end of the road for the T-Jet. It looks as if Fiat has finally heard our prayers and launched the new T-Jet this year. Thanks to the new brand strategy, Fiat is recreating thier image with some niche products from the Jeep and Abarth lineup. The Linea T-Jet is the first of these products to be launched as per the brand’s revival plans in India. Abarth and Jeep will follow up later this year.

The 2013 Fiat Linea T-Jet will be powered by the same 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine. This motor is in the same tune as the earlier one and produces 114 BHP at 5000 RPM and 207 Nm at 2200 RPM. The T-Jet will be offered in Dynamic and Emotion trims. Fiat is now offering a whole lot of goodies like rain sensing wipers, voice command activation technology (Blue & Me), automatic air conditioning, automatic headlights, bright dual tone interiors, adjustable steering, rear armrest with glove box and cup holders and rear AC vents at foot and knee level.

All these features will pamper the occupants and comfort the drive, more than ever. The ground clearance is also increased to 185 mm from 170 mm for tension free city driving. Host of security features like keyless entry, anti-theft immobiliser with rolling code, digital door open indicator, double crank prevention system are introduced as well. We expect the performance of this car as good as the earlier one. The Linea T-Jet is offered in Dynamic and Emotion variants and Fiat hasn’t announced the prices yet.

2013 Fiat Linea T-Jet

2013 Fiat Linea T-Jet

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  • Neil

    Brilliant stuff!! I love Fiat only for the reason that they carry that italian essence and they are so different in all aspects. Be it that they are the worst party poppers and people in our country just love the stuff with all the missing essence. Thats the only reason a company like suzuki/Hyundai has flourished. This T Jet wont shake the competitors by any which ways, but i bet no one can even come near the aesthetics this vehilce has.

  • Rohan

    I had called up KHT Motors in Bangalore on Monday. They said they are yet to receive confirmation, and test drive cars won’t be available for another 3-4 weeks!

    And no news about the DCT box yet. I guess we’ll never see an automatic from Fiat in India :-(

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      Rohan, its yet to reach dealer.

  • Ben

    The 1 litre eco boost engine is far better than this t jet. even though it is nearly 1.5 times the eco boost engine power is less and torque difference is also not significant.

    • Sunny

      This T-Jet engine’s power is all thanks to a turbocharger, in its naturally aspirated form it only produces 90 BHP & is fairly traditional in terms of technology whereas the Ford ecoboost has techs like direct-injection, variable valve timing & the major reason for so much power output of the ecoboost is a new type of turbo. However this same T-Jet engine powers cars like the Fiat Linea, Punto, 500, Viaggio & Dodge Dart. This engine also comes equipped with Fiat’s MultiAir tech & in that tune it can produce upto 185 BHP which takes this engine far ahead of ecoboost

    • S Pani

      It is unfair to compare the brand new EcoBoost, with the 1.4Tjet available in India, which has been around for 8 years now. This Tjet does not even have a modern VVT system, rather using a very basic cam phasing system which isnt great by modern standards, let alone things like direct injection.

      Also, even if you have to compare the 1.0L EcoBoost, you have to compare it to Fiat’s TwinAir and not its 1.4L engine. The TwinAir is even smaller, has a cylinder less, but is still available with 105hp and 150Nm of torque.

      Though a great engine, the 1.0L Ecoboost doesnt actually do anything revolutionary. While FIAT’s MultiAir system, which provides for fully computerised fully variable valve control system is completely revolutionary and one of a kind. In future once FIAT too incorporate direct injection into its petrol engines, the engines which are already damn good will only get much much better.

      • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

        S Pani, till Fiat don’t get the MultiAir to India, the obvious comparison will remain with the T-Jet. Now we should also add TSI to the mix.

  • akash

    superb man…. Waiting for ROAD BURNER PUNTO ABARTH . . . . .

  • Ben

    Thanks for the info as I am new to this twin air tech but I want to again compare the 875cc twin air with the 1000cc eco boost. There is about 100cc difference between the two but that’s negligible when comparing their capabilities. I accept the 105bhp of power which is maximum for that twin air engine (fiat is clearly the winner) but the torque department is not as good as the eco boost. Twin air engine has a cylinder less than the eco boost engine which should reciprocate into higher stroke length thereby increasing the torque output significantly (this is the best possible way than touching the bore ) . So if that twin air is a 1000cc mill it should produce much greater torque than the eco boost. But as it’s just 875cc, it should have torque figures at par with the 1l eco boost engine (at least about 160nm). So here Ford is the clear winner. When it comes petrol engine torque is crucial than power so I will rate Ford the best.

    • Ben

      One more thing to say, both Ford and fiat are equally competent brands but Ford has concentrated more on the torque department as the engine is powering a suv and at the same time fiat has concentrated more on power department as it is for small cars.

      • Kedar

        Ben & S Pani thanks for the comments. It is really eye opener for our readers.

    • S Pani

      It may seem like that on paper, but take a look at the bore:stroke ratio of the 1L Ecoboost and TwinAir, the Ecoboost is actually more of a long stroke engine than the Twin Air, giving it the advantage in torque. Also the EcoBoost does use GDI tech which helps combustion efficiency, and thus torque output too.

      Of course, Fiat’s TwinAir has all the inherent disadvantages of two-cylinder engines, which prevents a more long stroke nature due to heavy vibrations. A 3cylinder engine is more easy to play around with.

      And BTW, the 1.0L Ecoboost may come to India in an SUV, but is primarily a small hatch engine and not an SUV engine just like the TwinAir. Even the TwinAir is powering up a UV in the form of the 500L, and may even power the 500X which will be a direct competitor to the EcoSport in Europe and elsewhere.

      As for comparision among the two engines, its very difficult to compare two truly great engines and I wont say one is better than the other. But I will say (rather repeat) one things.

      EcoBoost is an evolutionary design, refining and making small improvements on existing technologies like GDI and small size turbos. But the MultiAir system of the TwinAir is revolutionary in being the first ever fully variable valve control system. Many manufacturers and research facilities have tried to bring out a system like it, but FIAT is the only one in production.

      Overall though, there really isnt much to differentiate between FIAT TwinAir, Ford 1L Ecoboost or the VW
      1.2TSI. All of them are really great small but powerful engines.

  • Fiatian

    Any information on what comes in the Emotion variant? Like the TJet Plus, would Emotion come with leather seats? In other words, TJet = Dynamic and TJet Plus = Emotion?

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      Yes Fiatian, the Emotion variant is equal to last year’s Emotion pack variant.

  • Ben

    Initially I assumed twin air engine to have a long stroke engine at par with eco boost engine because a manufacturer will literally go for it because of the torque advantage, even bike manufacturers are doing the same. But fiat had gone the other way. So 150nm is a remarkable achievement for fiat, now I will rate it the best. About GDI , it attributes mainly to refinement, better power and torque delivery, better combustion. But increase in power or torque is not that significant. For example practically if you compare the power and torque of a fuel injected and carburettor injected bike say bullet b500 and c500, the difference is not so much , similarly it is the case for normal pump injection and GDI. That’s why fiat didn’t go for GDI as it will not incur much improvement.

    • madhav

      how could a DI result in better refinement? better combustion… so better power and mileage.. both are possible..

  • Naval

    Any update on when this beauty will hit the market, I am holding on to my car buying for more than 2 months since I have heard that T-Jet will be back..Had T-Jet Plus which I sold in 2011 as I was moving out…loved the car and wish to have it again..

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      Naval, around May is when deliveries will start.

      • Naval

        Thanks Faisal, that’s great news…hoping they will not delay it further..