The 2013 Fiat Linea sedan got a facelift earlier this year and rolled off the assembly line at Turkey. Now, this popular sedan model produced by Italian automaker Fiat has reached Greek shores. Based on the Punto platform, the Linea sedan is also sold in the Indian market. Notably, the Linea was the first car model Fiat India launched, when it made its comeback in the Indian market a few years ago. Coming back to the facelifted version of the Linea, the car gets a refreshed front end that comes with a dollop of chrome.
While the headlamps of the car remain unchanged, the major changes lie in the grille and the bumper, which receive chrome accents and a new design. At the rear, the positioning of the number plate of the car is the biggest change, with the facelifted model seeing the number plate being positioned in the middle of the boot lid while the rear bumper too gets a splash of chrome. With all the extra chrome on the facelifted car, it seems as though the car is tailor made for the Indian car market, where most car buyers love chrome on their rides.
Under the hood, the tried and tested 1.3 Liter Fiat Multijet turbo diesel engine continues doing duty. However, this engine has seen a retune, to deliver more power and torque. The peak power output now goes up to 95 Bhp while the peak torque output goes down by 9 Nm to 200 Nm. That said, the peak torque is delivered right from 1,500 rpm and that means that the Linea’s driveability is bound to go up by quite a bit, given that the engine in its older guise delivered its 209 Nm of peak torque from 2,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a five speed manual gearbox as standard.
The interiors of the car show some minor changes in terms of the dashboard design. The feature list though, remains unchanged. Fiat India just launched the 2012 Linea sedan earlier this year with more features and higher ground clearance. In that light, expect the facelifted model to come to India sometime late next year, given that the Linea is due for a full model change in 2015. With Fiat increasing the number of independent dealerships across the country, it would be a good idea for the Italian brand to debut the facelifted version of the Linea to boost sales.