Fiat, the Italian automaker, has unveiled its new compact sedan, which is said to be filling in the shoes of ageing Linea sedan. The new sedan is named as Fiat Aegea Project and was unveiled at Istanbul Motor Show in Turkey. Designed in Italy at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Centro Stile, and developed in Turkey together with Tofaş R&D, one of FCA's largest research and development centres, the new model will be manufactured in the Bursa plant in Turkey.
The FIAT Aegea Project was conceived from the outset as a completely new three-volume sedan, rather than as a hatchback with a boot, resulting in perfectly balanced proportions and cohesive, flowing lines as demonstrated by the elegant swage line that flows beautifully from the corners of the headlamps to the leading edge of the rear light clusters. The front end has a sculpted bonnet, with central ribbing that stretches across the roof to create a continuous line, and a broad grille with intercalated chrome-effect accents, flanked by sophisticated, swept-back headlamp clusters, all of which combine to define the confident and unmistakable Italian style of the new FIAT Aegea Project.
At 4500mm in length, 1780mm in width and 1480mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2640mm, the FIAT Aegea Project has been designed to accommodate five passengers comfortably and easily cater for their luggage as well, with a boot space of over 510 litres. It would come with a wide range of engines – two MultiJet II turbo-diesel engines and two petrol units with power outputs of between 95bhp and 120bhp. The Aegea sedan would be available with manual and automatic transmissions (depending on engine). The diesel engines, in particular, would be pretty fuel-efficient: upwards of 24.78kmpl (comparable to that of a city car) is possible.
Inside, the Fiat Aegea project features Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Uconnect infotainment system equipped with a five-inch colour touch screen, hands-free Bluetooth calling with audio streaming, SMS text reader and voice recognition, AUX and USB ports with iPod integration, steering wheel controls and, on request, a rear parking camera and TomTom satellite navigation. It would go on sale in Turkey in November 2015 and will gradually expand into more than 40 countries in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region.