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2014 New Fiat Linea Diesel: Review

by Cyrus Dhabhar Photography: Eshan Shetty Posted on 25 Feb 201483,127 Views60 Comments

The Fiat Linea has just received a thorough facelift. We drive the diesel Linea to find out if it has, what it takes to turn around its fortunes this time round

 

 

2014 New Fiat Linea in action

 

 

 

The Fiat Linea has been in the Indian market for about five years, but the buying public ever really warmed up to the car. As a market, we have appreciated its styling, its long equipment list and of course, its lovely ride and handling balance. But, in a segment that’s flooded with brands such as Honda and Hyundai, Skoda and Volkswagen - brands that clearly command a higher recall value than Fiat - the Linea has always struggled. 

 

Now though, with Fiat’s recent focus on brand building, and its decision of going solo on the distribution front, it has given the brand recall bit a shot in the arm. But, Fiat isn’t stopping there; it plans to introduce new models and updates for its entire existing range. The latter begins with the new Linea diesel we have driven.

 

 

2014 New Fiat Linea front static

 

 

 

It’s not an all-new car but a nip and tuck job to make the Linea more appealing to the passionate car buyer. It gets a new grille and a new bumper at the front and a new set of alloy wheels for buyers to tell it apart from the car it replaces. The new two-slat chrome grille gels well with the overall look of the Linea and it harks back to some of the older Fiat saloons of the 1950’s. The aptly placed chrome accents, like the one that surround the fog lamp bezel, add to the visual appeal of the Linea. 

 

What stands out the most though, is the curvaceous chrome piece that runs from end to end, accentuating the secondary grille and the lower half of the front bumper in general. The large dual parabola headlamps have been kept true to the original while adding slightly better quality reflectors that do make a difference while driving at night. 

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