Fiat gave a mid-cycle facelift to the Linea in international markets like Turkey way back last year. Now, though, the Italian carmaker has finally started testing the updated Linea in India.
The facelifted saloon will come with a new front grille, re-profiled bumper, new fog lamp clusters and lots of chrome. At the rear, the bumper gets minor tweaks with an additional chrome strip and the number plate has now moved on to the bootlid. The side profile looks identical to the current car though.
Move into the cabin and you'll spot a new three-layered two-tone dash that looks refreshing and feels more upmarket. The steering wheel is similar to the current car, but now comes with a touch of silver and the centre console gets a new integrated audio system and more modern-looking AC vents with useful cubby holes above them. The gear lever, climate control knobs and the door pads, however, look similar to the current car. The instrument cluster will now come with chrome-ringed recessed dials and circular centre.
There is no news on the engine front as of now. We expect the updated Linea to carry over the current engine line-up, which consists of a petrol, diesel and a turbo-petrol T-Jet engine.
Fiat recently launched the 2013 Linea T-Jet, which, unlike the previous model, comes in three trims. So when Fiat does launch the new Linea in India, the current model will most probably be rebadged the 'Linea Classic' and will be sold alongside the new car.
Expect Fiat to launch the updated Linea in India soon.
The carmaker currently has 70 exclusive dealerships in India and it's looking to build this number to around 120 by the end of the year.