Sharing its basic architecture with the Grande Punto and the Bravo hatchbacks, Fiat's more sedate Linea will make its way to SA late in 2009.
While the local line-up for Linea is still to be finalised, and while Fiat Group will be adding some exciting powerplants to the range, we can say that the attractive sedan should make a style statement among the current crop of mostly faceless, but functional, sedans.
And it's quite spacious too. With a wheelbase of 2.6 metres and an overall length of 4.5 metres, Fiat assures luggage capacity from 500 litres up to 1 175 litres when stacked to the roof with the rear seats folded down.
For now, engines available in international markets include a 57-kW 1.4-litre petrol and a 66-kW 1.3-litre Multijet turbodiesel, both mated with five-speed manual transmissions. A third model will reportedly be added to the range.
Suspension is via an independent MacPherson system at the front and a semi-independent torsion beam arrangement at the rear.
There are thee specification levels and equipment on offer will range from climate control and cruise control to parking sensors and Fiat's Blue&Me plug-and-play infotainment system.
Safety equipment features strongly on Linea, which comes with up to six airbags, ABS with EBD and ESP.
Fiat brand manager, Ryan Curling stated that Linea, when it is launched in South Africa, will punch above its weight "in terms of size and specification, yet come competitively priced."
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