Fiat has definitely planned something big for the Indian market and it is quite clearly evident from their recent actions and the launches. After introducing the 595 Competizione couple of months ago they will now be launching the Abarth powered Punto Evo as well as the Abarth Avventura soon in India. Now according to the recent reports, Fiat is also actually planning to introduce a high performance variant of their only midsize sedan Linea as well.

The Italian auto manufacturer is overwhelmed by the response they received from the Abarth Punto and thus decided to introduce one more car which will get this Abarth treatment to the lineup. As far as the reports suggest the Abarth Linea will get the same T-Jet Turbo unit producing 143 Bhp of peak power which actually powers the Abarth Punto Evo, but apart from the engine update the new Abarth Linea will likely also get some other mechanical upgrades as well.

The Abarth Linea will get rear disc brakes, stiffened suspension setup just like Abarth Punto received. While the ride height of the sedan will also be lowered by almost 20 mm, the other upgrades are still unknown yet but it will definitely get some exterior and interior styling upgrades as well which also include new Abarth badges.

The Linea has definitely not collected the sales numbers as Fiat would have expected, while its rivals are popular amongst the buyers the Linea struggled to keep up with its competition. Hopefully the Abarth badge will help the Linea to get some attention. We also expect it to be priced quite aggressively to get too once it is launched here in India.

Source: Autocar India

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