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Fiat introduces Aegea Project compact sedan

by Ronan Glon

The Aegea will go on sale in 40 countries before the end of the year.

Fiat has introduced a new compact sedan called Ægea Project at the Istanbul Motor Show.

Designed to replace the aging Linea, the Ægea Project stretches 177 inches long, 70 inches wide and 58 inches tall, dimensions that make about as big as a Toyota Corolla. Fiat explains the Ægea boasts harmonious proportions because it was designed as a three-box sedan from the very beginning. By contrast, many of its competitors - and its predecessor - are hatchbacks onto which designers grafted a longer rear end.

Inside, the Ægea leaves behind the Linea's drab, low-rent interior and adopts a more upscale-looking cockpit with a TFT screen integrated into the instrument cluster, a more rounded dashboard and a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel. Fiat- Chrysler's touch screen-based Uconnect infotainment system is available on select trim levels.

Precise technical specifications are not available, likely because they will vary from country to country. However, Fiat promises the Ægea will be offered with two gasoline-burning four-cylinder engines and two turbodiesel units whose outputs range from 95 to 120 horsepower. All engines send power to the front wheels via a manual transmission, and a few are available with an automatic gearbox at an extra cost.

Built in Bursa, Turkey, the Ægea Project will get a new name and go on sale in over 40 countries before the end of the year. However, Fiat is not currently planning on selling the sedan in the United States.

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