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Fiat Aegea Debuts At Istanbul Motor Show

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The Italian Fiat Aegea debuted at last months Istanbul Motor Show, where it sported an elegant bold design with strong sculpted lines...

The new Fiat Aegea made its debut late last month at the Istanbul Motor Show. Although it’s still unclear whether the stylish saloon will be available in the UK, it’s planned to rollout across 40 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa which suggests it’s likely.

The Aegea, designed in Italy but developed in Turkey, where it will go on sale in November, is harmoniously put together and makes great use of space. From the outset, it’s been known as the ‘Fiat Aegea Project’.

The new car will be built at Turkey’s Bursa plant. Consulting company World-Class Manufacturing has assigned the plant Gold Medal status for its quality, efficiency and environmental action.
The Fiat Aegea Project was conceived as a saloon from the start, not a booted hatchback. This means that the car has lines that flow and proportions that work brilliantly.

The Fiat Aegea is especially beautiful at the rear. Here, everything converges perfectly to give the car a nice, rounded and flowing tail. At the front, the bonnet is sculpted, with ribbing that continues over the roof in one continuous flow. The wide grille with judicious use of chrome is a bold design statement set off nicely by the backward sweep of the headlamps. It might be built in Turkey, but the design is undeniably Italian.

The Fiat Aegea is 4.5m long, just under 1.8m wide and around 1.5m high. It’s a Mondeo-sized saloon designed to carry five passengers in comfort, while the 510-litre boot is plenty big enough to handle their stuff.

There’ll be a good selection of muscular engines - two MultiJet II turbo-diesels and two petrols offering between 95 and 120bhp. The car will be available in both manual and automatic, with particularly frugal diesel units delivering supermini-sized fuel consumption of 70 mpg-plus.

The interior of the Fiat Aegea is as beautiful as the exterior. Superb build quality is allied with state-of-the-art technology through the Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles' UconnectTM infotainment system. A five-inch screen offers Bluetooth, SMS text reader, iPod integration and more. You’ll get steering-wheel controls, and TomTom sat-nav and rear parking sensors are optional.

When it hits the market, the Fiat Aegea will get a new name, with the final choice due to be revealed nearer to the launch date. If the car is offered in the UK, Fiat has confirmed that it would come with Euro 6-compliant engines.

The Fiat range is available for test drive from Richard Hardie showrooms in the North East. Call in at our Silverlink, Newcastle or Ashington sites.

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Posted on: 21st Jun 2018

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Posted on: 19th May 2018

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Posted on: 4th Dec 2017

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