피아트가 신흥국을 겨냥한 차세대 소형세단 에게 프로젝트(FIAT Aegea Project)를 터키 2015 이스탄불 모터쇼에 공개했다.
리네아(Linea)를 대체할 후속 모델로 개발된 에게는 길이 4.5m, 너비 1.78m, 높이 1.48m, 휠베이스 2.64m로 현대 아반떼와 비슷한 사이즈지만 트렁크 공간이 510L에 달할 정도로 공간 활용성이 훌륭하다.
파워트레인은 95~120마력에 이르는 2종의 가솔린과 2종의 멀티젯 디젤 터보 엔진에 수동과 자동변속기를 조합해 구성했다.
에게는 다치아 로간, 스코다 라피드와 경쟁하며 오는 11월 유럽을 시작으로 중동과 아프리카 등 전세계 40여 개국에 출시될 예정이다. 아직 구체적인 스펙과 가격은 공개되지 않았다.
The all-new FIAT compact sedan debuts today at the Istanbul Motor Show. Designed in Italy at the FIAT Chrysler Automobiles Centro Stile, and developed in Turkey together with Tofaş R&D, one of FCA's largest research and development centres, the new model will be manufactured in the Bursa plant in Turkey, which has been designated Gold Medal status by World Class Manufacturing in recognition of its efficiency, quality and eco-friendliness.
The new saloon is currently known as “FIAT Aegea Project” in recognition of the strategic importance of FIAT Chrysler Automobiles’ Turkish operations since the first joint venture between what was then known as FIAT Group and Koç Holding commenced in 1968.
To further reiterate the importance of the Turkish market and to help grow FCA’s presence in the region, the Istanbul Motor Show has been chosen to debut this important new model. Sales will commence in Turkey in November 2015 and will gradually expand into more than 40 countries in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region.
The FIAT Aegea Project was conceived from the outset as a completely new three-volume sedan, rather than as a hatchback with a boot, resulting in perfectly balanced proportions and cohesive, flowing lines as demonstrated by the elegant swage line that flows beautifully from the corners of the headlamps to the leading edge of the rear light clusters.
This design cohesion is particularly noticeable at the rear end where the car’s surfaces, lines and detailing all converge harmoniously to give the FIAT Aegea Project a distinctive, attractive and perfectly-resolved appearance. The front end is characterised by a sculpted bonnet, with central ribbing that stretches across the roof to create a continuous line, and a broad grille with intercalated chrome-effect accents which form an unmistakable graphic pattern, flanked by sophisticated, swept-back headlamp clusters, all of which combine to define the confident and unmistakable Italian style of the new FIAT Aegea Project.
At 4.5m in length, 1.78m in width and 1.48m in height, with a wheelbase of 2.64m, the FIAT Aegea Project has been designed to accommodate five passengers comfortably and easily cater for their luggage as well, with a load capacity of over 510 litres. As with all FIAT products, a wide range of reliable, muscular and efficient engines will be available – two MultiJet II turbo-diesel engines and two petrol units with power outputs of between 95 and 120hp. Available with manual and automatic transmissions (depending on engine) it is worth noting that the diesel engines are particularly fuel-efficient: upwards of 70 mpg (comparable to that of a city car) is possible.
Inside, the FIAT Aegea project is not only styled and built to the highest standards, it also sports the latest technological features including FIAT Chrysler Automobiles’ Uconnect™ infotainment system equipped with a five-inch colour touch screen; hands-free Bluetooth calling with audio streaming, SMS text reader and voice recognition; AUX and USB ports with iPod integration; steering wheel controls and, on request, a rear parking camera and TomTom satellite navigation.