Fiat and Tata Motors have parted ways (at the retail level) few months back, as Fiat chose to go solo in the Indian market from 2013 onwards. The Italian automaker’s Indian portfolio currently consists of the Fiat Grande Punto and the Fiat Linea. Both the models are long awaited for a facelift in India, as the international markets received the facelifts long time back. While the new version of the Punto will take some time to launch, Fiat has already started testing the 2014 Linea on Indian roads, which we were the first to reveal back in July. Homologation process is being carried out currently and the test mules have been spotted running in Pune.
Though the changes on the exteriors of the 2014 Fiat Linea are not drastic but you can expect it to look more up market to compete with fresh rivals. On the front end, the new Linea gets an updated grille with a new set of bumpers served with chrome accents. At the back, Fiat has updated the rear bumper with a sporty lip and a wide strip of chrome, rest of the body remains untouched. The interiors of the updated Linea would get significant changes such as new colour tones and design. The dashboard layout looks up to date with beige and black treatment.
The 2014 Fiat Linea comes with an attractive centre console that will feature a big screen for multimedia and navigation system. You can expect better build quality inside the cabin and a few more additional features. The current Linea on offer will not be discontinued and is likely to be rebadged as Linea Classic, when the 2014 Fiat Linea gets introduced. Engine options will remain the same, retaining the 1.4-litre FIRE and 1.4-litre turbocharged T-Jet petrol unit along with the 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel engine. The 1.6-litre MultiJet diesel will also be introduced with the new model for added performance.
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