Fiat, the car manufacturer from Italy is known for many reasons like a designer of elegant affordable passenger cars and the parent company of Fiat-Chrysler Alliance which used to own Ferrari supercars. Unfortunately, in India, they are known for rather wrong reasons. After a successful first innings in the country, their second entry was a disaster, and now they are trying to rebuild their image.
They initially came with only two products in India - the Punto hatchback and the Linea hatchback, both good looking and capable vehicles. And now Fiat is all set to replace the ageing Linea with the Aegea internationally, though we are still skeptical about its India entry, considering the fact that Fiat is using most of its energy in bringing the Abarth performance brand in India.
Fiat revealed the concept form of the all-new Aegea sedan at the Istanbul motor show earlier this year and now an online forum has posted the images of the production ready version of the Aegea in two colors. The sedan can be seen standing in some dealership in Turkey and the chances are Fiat is all set to launch the mid-size sedan in a couple of weeks from now.
While the Aegea resembles the Linea in terms of dimensions, the design is where Fiat has worked a lot. There’s a prominent grille upfront that merges neatly into the headlamps. The creases are bold now, from the hood to the roof and side of the Aegea and an integrated spoiler on the boot completes the new look. Aegea will also get diamond cut alloys and chrome handlebars.
In terms of the interiors, the production version of the Aegea gets a redesigned cabin, that looks sporty rather than posh. Their's a new 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system that will feature a Fiat UConnect media system along with Bluetooth connectivity. Other prominent features will include automatic climate control, and a multi-function steering wheel.
Under the hood, the Aegea sedan will be powered by both petrol and diesel motors in two states of tune. The first will be the famous Fiat Multijet II diesel motor with two power outputs and the other will the petrol engine with varying states of tune and the output is expected between 94bhp and 118bhp. The engines will be connected to either a manual or an automatic gearbox.
Fiat will manufacture the new Aegea in the left-hand-drive guise only initially and will replace the Linea in most of the international markets. If they decide to come up with the right-hand drive version, they will surely bring it to India, but how soon it will happen is still unpredictable. Fiat is also expected to showcase the hatchback version of the Aegea at the Geneva auto show in March next year.