Fiat’s bread-and-butter sedan and hatchback will receive their replacement two years from now.
The Fiat Group has released details on their model roadmap for the next four years, which reveals some sketchy details about the vehicles that will roll out under the Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Chrysler / Jeep brands. Interestingly, their bread-and-butter sedan and hatchback models – the Linea and the Punto – will only get a complete model change by 2014 and 2015 respectively.
The current generation Punto that is sold in India was born back in 2005 and was one of the primary models in Fiat’s global line-up that turned around fortunes for the carmaker. The Punto has received quite a few facelifts and upgrades since then with the likes of the Punto Evo breathing life into the ageing small car. However, from what we see in Fiat’s future planning, the all-new Punto only comes out in 2014-2015 in the global market and will probably take a year more to hit the Indian shores.
The all-new Linea will make an entry into the global market between late 2013 and mid-2014. It will replace the current generation Fiat Linea, which debuted in the international arena in 2007, before making an entry into India by late 2008. The Indian model has remained largely unchanged, however, the version sold in Europe and other markets has been given a mild and arguably unpleasant facelift.
Expect both these cars to get the latest range of engines and drivetrains that Fiat Powertrain Technologies is currently getting their hands greasy with. Since both these cars are at least a couple of years away from debuting in India, we believe that Fiat India will roll out facelift versions of the current Linea and Punto by the end of 2013. Both these cars were upgraded twice this year with some additional features and tweaks, however a design change could do some good too.