Fiat Linea Classic: Story of Fiat in India till now is far from being called fairy tale. Although product line of the company has some rock-solid performers in terms of Linea and Punto, the sheer lack of after sales service has taken a severe toll on the business health of Fiat. This limitation has further compounded both in magnitude and intensity, once Fiat parted the ways with its JV partner; Tata Motors that until last year was handling the Fiat enthusiasts along with managing its own portfolio. Fiat, after venturing out alone in the market has adopted a fresh strategy both in terms of selecting its partners and product portfolio. Along with slowly ramping up the dealership network, Fiat is also keenly working out to bring out some new models to life. In light of this new approach, company has introduced a rather low-cost version of its sedan model Linea called Linea Classic. In order to make this economical offering feasible, Fiat has done many changes to this vehicle both on and under its skin. This Linea Classic comes with no-frills option as the car features only the basic amenities that are absolutely necessary for making a commute. Under the hood the engine draws on to 75-PS version of the company’s famous multi-jet diesel technology rather than 90-PS avatar that does duty in regular Linea model. Gearbox has also got some alterations to suit and channelize this new flow of power to wheels in unobtrusive manner. On a flip side though the cost cutting has resulted in omission of many useful convenience aspects that with the passage of time have now become a sort of necessity rather than being classified as luxury. Steering mounted audio controls, airbags and rear seat power windows are some of the main features that are sure to miss sorely by the Linea classic buyers. Still we firmly believe that ex-showroom price of Rs 7.25 lakh for base petrol variant of Linea Classic is something that has the capacity to neutralize the irritation emanated from the missing equipment list.