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- For the earlier Fiat 600-based Multipla produced between 1956 and 1965, see Fiat 600.
|File:Fiat Multipla front 20070605.jpg First generation Fiat Multipla|
|Assembly||Mirafiori plant, Turin, Italy|
|Predecessor||Fiat 600 Multipla|
|Wheelbase||2666 mm (105 in)|
|Length||Pre-facelift: 3994 mm (157.2 in)
Post-facelift: 4080 mm (160.6 in)
|Width||1871 mm (73.7 in)|
|Height||1670 mm (65.7 in)|
|Curb weight||1300-1490 kg (2866-3285 lb)|
The present-day Fiat Multipla is a compact MPV manufactured by Italian automaker Fiat since 1998. Based on the Brava, the Multipla was quite unlike any other on the market. It was much shorter and wider than its rivals, and it had two rows of three seats, while all its competitors had two seats in the front (the Honda FR-V, which has the same layout, was released in 2004).
In common with a number of other modern Fiats, the Multipla reuses the name of an earlier vehicle, in this case the "Multipla" variant of the Fiat 600 produced during the 1950s and 1960s.
The exterior and interior design of the Multipla was unique and had a polarizing effect—some people loved it, some hated it. Nonetheless, the Multipla was displayed at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York during its "Different Roads - Automobiles for the Next Century" exhibition in 1999.
Multipla sales began in Italy late in 1998 but most other markets had to wait a year before receiving imports. The power of the Fiat badge meant that the Multipla was an instant hit with Italian buyers, but its styling meant that sales elsewhere were less successful. This ultimately led to the car being voted 'Ugliest Car' in the Top Gear awards 1999. Also when Simon Cowell went on Top Gear he was shown a picture of the car and said it had a disease.
In 2004 the Multipla underwent a major facelift to shed its original styling for a more restrained look, with the intention of attracting more buyers.
The 103 PS (102 hp/76 kW) 1.6-litre petrol and 120 PS (118 hp/88 kW) 1.9-litre turbodiesel engines give the Multipla good levels of performance and refinement, and the chassis ensures entertaining ride and handling. A "Bi-Power" Multipla that runs on both petrol and CNG (methane) is offered in certain markets.
|100 16V SX||I4||1581 cc||103 PS (102 hp/76 kW) 76 kW (103 hv) @ 5750 rpm||145 N·m (107 ft·lbf) @ 4000 rpm|
|105 JTD SX||I4||1910 cc||105 PS (104 hp/77 kW) @ 4000 rpm||200 N·m (148 ft·lbf) @ 1500 rpm||–2000|
|110 JTD ELX||I4||1910 cc||110 PS (108 hp/81 kW)||200 N·m (148 ft·lbf)||2001–|
|1.9 JTD||I4||1910 cc||120 PS (118 hp/88 kW) @ 4000 rpm||206 N·m (152 ft·lbf) @ 1456 rpm|
|1.6 (Bi-Power) CNG||I4||1581 cc||92 PS (91 hp/68 kW) @ 5750 rpm||130 N·m (96 ft·lbf) @ 4000 rpm|
Inner room and flexibility
The new generation Multipla was hailed by journalists at its launch for its flexibility. The new Multipla’s three-abreast seating configuration allows for adjustment of the front seats and the removal and relocation of the rear seats into numerous formats. It also affords a class-leading 430 litres of luggage space which can increase to 1900 litres of flat floor load space with the rear three seats removed from the vehicle.
- ^ "1998 Fiat Multipla 100 16v SX". carfolio.com. http://www.carfolio.com/specifications/models/car/?car=79497&Fiat. Retrieved 2007-08-26.
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