I was itching to lay hands on the Linea 2012 immediately post the launch. Today I had a chance to take the Linea 2012 for a spin along with fellow TFI'ans ramjn and sathya_sc. So here's a short review from myself, ramjn and sathya_sc will add more. The good *Looks beautiful in the oceanic blue shade *No more scrapping even whilst fully loaded with 5 adults on board *Ultra soft clutch *Reduced NVH *Same old handling & excellent steering feedback *Improved plastics and rubber beading's at few places *Improved air-conditioning The Bad * Fit & Finish still not so great at few places eg. Glove box, Horn pad, front quarter glass chrome strips * Doesn't have a monster of engine Let's look into each of the improvements what Fiat has got on board and how it affects us in real life Improved ground clearance The Linea now stands at 185mm which is almost 24mm more than previous version, The increase is due to a suspension upgrades and 16" alloys from the T-Jet. The Linea earlier was an mellowed Italian beauty, but looks like ready to charge with the increased presence. The immediate feedback was that she has lost her charm a bit, But I think we need to consider that our roads aren't exactly autobahns and we expect unmarked speed breakers to what not in our Indian roads. Whilst unladen there is a bit of gap in the wheel well clearly visible, however with people on board it doesn't seem to be visible at all. That emotion variant now is shod with 205/16/55 tires and the wheel well can easily accommodate 17", but the rear wheel well seems to have protrusion which the tires may rub against if going for higher profile tires. Once you get into the drivers seat you get more of commanding view, but not like the SUV's though :wink:. The car was driven around mostly with 5 people on board and not a single time we scrapped her underbelly. Also we didn't really care about the potholes as we literally glided over without having to do zig-zag maneuvers. This to me a big improvement because even now whilst taking unknown roads I'm afraid about scrapping my car, with this GC I'm sure we can conquer Leh with ease. Handling & Ride Quality We all know that Linea was the benchmark for Ride & Handling. I'm happy to say that it's still the benchmark in it's segment. The suspension has gone a bit stiffer in order to aid the handling, But it's not as stiff say 1.6 S. Your backbenchers will never complain, although we didn't get a chance to do triple digit speeds at regular city speed the undulations were masked very well. We took couple of S bends and she took it without drama, although whilst ramjn was putting it through the corner I was scared at the rear seat :grin:. One thing I noticed is the steering felt lighter than my Punto - ramjn and sathya_sc confirmed it's actually the same in their cars as well. Interiors We all know that the Fiat's interior is most cribbed due to the Plastic quality. The Linea now gets the T-Jet grade plastics, it looks good now although not matching the Vento's which is a benchmark for myself. The chrome near the Airbag area rather looks nice, may be the actual facelift will give some better looking interiors. However there are areas where the overall quality has improved example the rubber beadings. See the below picture and you will understand The Linea Diesel emotion also gets Leather upholstery from T-Jet and three headrests at the rear. If you remember the Linea initially came with 3 head rests and later reduced to 2, But the Dynamic and Active will still only get 2 head rests. Other Improvements The NVH has definitely been reduced at the optimum temperature. This was confirmed by Sathya_sc and ramjn post comparison with ramjn's 10K run Linea MJD. Check the below video, you can rather hear the diesel hum than the clatter. Inside the cabin we didn't find much of difference may be because the Linea was already a silent one. The Air-conditioning was also felt to be better than the previous versions, But honestly we didn't care a lot because the existing one's where already a chiller. The Linea emotion also gets Goodyear NCT5 tires instead of the bog standard GT3, these tires are from the original T-Jet's again. Should be hopefully better than the GT3's. Fit & Finish There are few things which Fiat can't probably do perfect, Whilst these are not really serious and wouldn't be noticed by layman they didn't escape from the eagle eye's of TFI'ans. Look at the chrome alignment between the front doors and front quarter glass The glove box and horn pads still had bit of gaps which has certainly reduced from the initial versions, but still are not completely eliminated. The international version also seems to have the same issues, may be the GP EVO wouldn't have these issues. Overall everyone agreed that it definitely seems like a improvement without loosing Fiat's legendary handling. However the Prices quoted seems to be a bit high for the 1.3 Motor. The Linea Diesel emotion stands at 10.7 Lakhs on-road, I personally feel it should be priced around 30k lesser. But the price hike may be justified with additional features like 16" alloys, Automatic wipers & headlights, but they don't cut it for me. Fiat please bring the 1.6 MJD with awesome torque, this chassis really begs for more power. Thanks to ramjn & sathya_sc for their inputs and also Ramanan from Concorde who gave us an extensive test drive on the vehicle. Attaching the brochure - Thanks ramjn for scanning them.