Bummer: Fiat India says no to Linea 1.6 Multijet Diesel/Linea Automatic! Courtesy :IndianAutosBlog Fiat India has come out in the open and scotched all the rumors floating about talking about a 1.6 Liter Multijet diesel engine for the Linea and an Automatic Dualogic gearbox for the existing Linea 1.3 Diesel. This announcement was made to IndianAutosBlog by Fiat India when the former contacted Fiat to enquire about the supposed launches that were touted to happen later this year. Here’s what Fiat India’s Spokesperson had to say. It (1.6-liter diesel variant) is not in the business plan for this year. There is no truth to it. It is just a person’ or a site’s report. We displayed it(the Automatic Dualogic variant) at the Auto Expo but there are no plans to introduce it in the near future. When we are ready, we will do an announcement. So, from the word emerging from Ranjangaon, it seems that Fiat India will not launch both the 1.6 Liter MJD Diesel Engine in the Linea or the Linea Automatic in the near future. But on the other hand, word on Indian forums suggests that even Fiat India dealers reportedly telling customers that the 1.6 Liter Diesel engined Linea will be launched later this year. Considering the fact that automakers often keep mum or deny their plans when asked about their launch plans, we’re thinking that this could very well be a case of, No smoke without fire. What say, Fiat? On the other hand, a bigger diesel engined version might not make any sense as it could make the already dismal selling Linea more expensive, a-la-Fiat Linea T-Jet. Lack of variants has never been Fiat India’s issue in the Indian market. In fact, the 2011 Fiat Linea comes with three engine options and so does the 2011 Fiat Grande Punto. Rather, Fiat India’s image which has taken a beating in the past is yet to recover fully due to the shoddy treatment of prospective Fiat customers at Tata-Fiat dealers, that we firmly believe has been the major cause of dismal sales for Fiat India. All said, the near future will reveal whether Fiat India’s denial really holds good or whether the no-smoke-without-fire theory is the one which actually holds water. We, for one, would prefer the latter to happen.