The all-new Fiat Aegea compact sedan debuted today at the ongoing Istanbul Motor Show. 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.
Set to be a spiritual successor to the Linea, sales of the Aegea will commence in Turkey in November 2015 and will gradually expand into more than 40 countries in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region.
The front end is characterized by a sculpted bonnet, with central ribbing that stretches across the roof to create a continuous line, and a broad grille with chrome-effect accents, flanked by large, swept-back headlamp clusters. The slightly sculpted sides are held together by the prominent shoulder line that flows from the corners of the headlamps to the leading edge of the slim, rear light clusters, which jewel up the rather conventional looking rear end.
At 4.5m in length, 1.78m in width and 1.48m in height, with a wheelbase of 2.64m, the Fiat Aegea Project has been designed to accommodate five passengers in comfort and cater for their luggage as well, with a load capacity of over 510 litres.
Power will come from two MultiJet II turbo-diesel engines and two petrol units with power outputs of between 95 and 120 hp. Available with manual and automatic transmissions (depending on engine), the diesel engines claim to be particularly fuel-efficient: upwards of 70 mpg (comparable to that of a city car) is possible.
The interiors are highlighted by the contoured, flowing dashboard and an all-black theme throughout. Technological features including 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.