Fiat Cronos sedan will substitute Linea – Indian launch soon
Fiat SpA, the popular Italian carmaker, has finally released more details on its upcoming mid-size sedan that is set to replace the globally successful but fast ageing Linea. The forthcoming Fiat Linea replacement, which has so far been known by its internal codename X6S, will be called as the Fiat Cronos. The production-spec Cronos will launch in Brazil by the end of this year. We have already seen a few spy shots of this sedan and from the looks of it, the Linea is about to get a worthy replacement. In comparison to the Linea, the Cronos will look a lot more modern and will come with several new-age features. The interior will be also more spacious and the new car will, of course, offer higher crash safety. The Linea- replacement will share in amply with the Argo hatchback. That said, there will be many new styling bits to make sure the two models enjoy their distinct identity. No, the Cronos will not look like an Argo with a larger boot; one simply cannot imagine the Italians to come up with a Swift-Dzire or Brio-Amaze kind of arrangement.
The new Fiat Argo hatchback will launch with three engine options – 1.3L Firefly, 1.0L Firefly and 1.8L EtorQ Evo. However, it does not look like the Linea replacement will get the 1.0L engine. It will come only with the 1.3L Firefly and 1.8L EtorQ Evo engines. The 1.3L unit productions an extreme power of 109 BHP and 139.25 Nm, the 1.8L unit pumps out a maximum power of 138 BHP and 189.27 Nm. The new car is likely to offer three transmission options – 5-speed manual, 6-speed automatic and AMT. It may be noted here that Fiat India has been pretty much stressed to find consumers. Well, it is a bit too quick to put a finger on an India launch date of this model. However, the X6S is certainly very likely to launch here as a replacement for the Linea. That said, the new sedan is still quite a few years away from us. We don’t see it coming our way any time before 2019. There are good chances that the new sedan will cost Rs.6.7 Lakh to Rs.11 Lakh in India. In this price division, the new car will end up rivalling hot-sellers like the Maruti Ciaz, Honda City and Hyundai Verna. It will become a replacement to the Linea, which, like every other Fiat model of present times, is not doing well in the Indian market.
In Brazil, the new Fiat Cronos sedan will launch with two engines, both of which come from the Argo hatchback. These will contain a 1.3-litre Firefly and a 1.8-litre, four-cylinder EtorQ Evo. Of the two, the smaller engine produces a maximum power of 109 BHP along with a peak torque of 139.25 Nm. On the other hand, the 1.8-litre unit outputs a maximum power of 139 BHP along with a peak torque of 189.27 Nm. The new sedan will offer three transmission options – 5-speed MT, 6-speed AT, and AMT. The India-spec model, however, won’t get the above two engines. Instead, it is most likely to launch with the same 1.4-litre T-Jet petrol motor that powers the present car.