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The Fiat group is arming its arsenal to fight against the mighty VW group in the world leadership battle. With brands like Fiat, Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep under its umbrella, the Italian auto major looks evenly poised to go head on with the VW group brands. The Fiat group has announced an exhaustive product plan for the next three years. Though we would love to discuss the entire 20 products that constitute the onslaught including Maseratis and Alfa Romeos, we will highlight only the products that are relevant to India bearing in mind that in the next three years we could see the arrival of Jeep brand in the sub-continent. 7 seater version of Fiat 500L by 2013 What started as a celebratory retro model is now being leveraged to reiterate the success of the iconic original Fiat 500 and Fiat has plans to do it by spinning off derivatives. The 500L was a compact crossover based on the Fiat 500. Fiat will stretch the 500L even longer to accommodate the third row and bingo, you have a Maruti Ertiga rival! Finding it a suitable diesel engine will be least of Fiat’s worries in India. Jeep compact SUV ‘baby Wrangler’ by 2014 The Jeep compact SUV is Fiat’s solution for the ever increasing significance of the compact SUV segment. The compact SUV is likely to be based on the Jeep Wrangler. Media reports suggest that the Jeep brand is going to set foot in India sooner than later. The baby SUV will be a very good company to the Cherokee and Wrangler SUVs. All new Fiat Linea by 2015 There is no denying the fact that the Fiat Linea is one of the best looking sedans on sale from any segment, in India, but with the arrival of much younger rivals, the car started showing its age especially on the interiors. The all new Linea is planned for a 2015 launch and is expected to undergo a through redesign. The car will benefit from platform and parts sharing with a Dodge counterpart, perhaps the Dart. Fiat Linea hatchback by 2015 It’s almost unbelievable that Fiat’s product planners gave the new Fiat Punto a miss but they did announce a hatchback based on the Linea sedan. The hatchback is most likely to be the next gen Punto and will share most of its components and design cues from its sedan brother, again a time proven formula in India. Both cars could be powered by the next generation MultiJet diesel engines. New compact crossover to replace Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot by 2015 The Crossover SUVs Compass and Patriot will be replaced by a new entry level compact crossover. The mini crossover SUV is likely to be positioned in a way to rival the likes of Renault Duster and Ford EcoSport globally. Being a global model, it might not be a sub four metre SUV, but is expected to bear the needs of emerging markets in mind. The car will sit below the baby Wrangler and will be the most affordable Jeep. Jeep Grand Wagoneer 7 Seater by 2015 The Wagoneer brand will be resurrected for the 2015 model year. With 7 seats and luxury features, it’s expected to become the flagship vehicle of the Jeep brand, sitting above the Grand Cherokee. Fiat could consider bringing this vehicle to India if the smaller Jeeps manage to build a brand value high enough to accommodate an expensive and huge 7 seater. The aggressive product plan is Fiat’s reaction to the current do or die situation and if executed well, it could bring the Fiat and Chrysler brands back to where they used to be. Platform sharing, economies of scale in production and joint engineering are the key points of this plan. Good luck Fiat! [source: Paultan.org]
After the octevia, there wasn't a single well-priced Sophesticated looking car for management peoples, in D - Segment & to fill this empty place & to achive sells-target of half a million of Sylphy's a year by 2014, It's going to hit Indian soil along with 120 more countries by end of this year! Have a look at her! Being a truly global product, it’s only a matter of time before the Nissan Sylphy makes its way into India. If the pricing in China (Rs. 10.4 lakhs – Rs. 14.8 lakhs) and Thailand (Rs. 13.3 lakhs – Rs. 16.6 lakhs) are anything to go by, then we can safely speculate that Nissan will put this entry level luxury sedan smack into the D-segment populated by Corolla, Laura, Jetta, Cruze, and Fluence. The Sylphy, also called as Sentra in the US, gets a familiar look, thanks to a very Sunny-like, but larger chrome grille. The headlamps are sleek with LED underlining and have a slight kink where they meet the fenders. The side is characterized by a strong shoulder line and chrome treatment for door handles and window outlines. At the rear, the stretched tail lamps complement the shape of the headlamps. Overall, the design is clean and understated. The interior is all new and feels modern. At 2,700 mm, the wheelbase is one of the longest in the entry D-segment making space its USP. Setting the car in motion will be a 1.8 litre petrol engine with variable valve timing, generating 130 bhp of power and 174 Nm of torque. The Thailand version also gets a 1.6 litre, 116 bhp petrol. For India, the 1.5 litre K9K diesel in same state of tune as the Renault Fluence (108 Bhp) could be the weapon of choice. Transmission duty is handled by the efficient X-CVT, just like the recently updated Samsung SM3. India may get a 5-speed manual as well to form the entry model.The Sylphy is high on space and equipment compared to its rivals and Nissan is capable of putting cat among the pigeons with this car, but only if they get the pricing right!