Regulars here would remember that we posted in detail when the Indian subsidiary of Fiat gave up on the slow selling Fiat Linea T-Jet and pulled it off the shelves. We weren’t too surprised by this development as it may be noted that thanks to ever increasing petrol prices, Indian car buying lot has shifted its focus to diesel powered cars. In such a scenario, the demand for high performance petrol powered cars is next to non-existent and only the most enthusiastic of the drivers are ready to put their money on a performance oriented petrol car which is high on performance but not really high on fuel economy.
Similar was the case with Fiat Linea T-Jet in Indian market. However, Fiat India has finally decided to start playing Santa and has re-launched the 2013 Linea T-Jet in Indian market. With the re-launch, the Fiat Linea T-jet would again become the least priced turbocharged petrol sedan in the country. The Fiat Linea T-Jet is powered by a 1.4 litres, 4 cylinder, direct injection, turbocharged T-Jet petrol engine that has a max power output of 114PS @ 5000 rpm and has a peak torque figure of 207Nm @ 2200 rpm. The Linea T-Jet is around 30% more torquier than its nearest rival.
In its second innings, the Linea T-Jet will hardly come with any visual changes. However, the car will get an increased ground clearance of 190mm (185mm for lower end variants) and a more effective aircon. This means that the Linea T-Jet has become the car with the highest ground clearance in its class. The T-Jet has been launched in three trim levels: Active, Dynamic and Emotion.
The Fiat Linea TJet Active variant comes pretty loaded and benefits from goodies such as ABS, EBD, rain-sensing wipers, Auto on/off lamps and all disc brakes on all four wheels.
Linea TJet Dynamic gets twin airbags, automatic climate control and steering mounted audio controls with Bluetooth.
The Emotion variant also gets leather seats, rear seat curtain, chrome trim on bumpers, 16-inch wheels and wider 205 section tyres.
The new 2013 Fiat Linea TJet price range starts at INR 7.6 lakhs (Active) and goes all the way to INR 8.8 lakhs for the top end variant (Emotion). The mid level Dynamic variant costs INR 8.4 lakhs. (All prices are ex showroom, Delhi). Not bad for a car that is focussed on road performance and is loaded to brim with features. Not bad at all. Right?