Fiat Multipla

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For the earlier Fiat 600-based Multipla produced between 1956 and 1965, see Fiat 600 Multipla.
Fiat Multipla
Fiat Multipla silver front.JPG
Overview
Manufacturer Fiat
Production 1998–2010
Assembly Mirafiori plant, Turin, Italy
Arese plant, Milan, Italy (CNG version)
Body and chassis
Class Compact MPV
Body style 5-door MPV
Platform Fiat Type Two (Tipo Due) platform[citation needed]
Related Fiat Bravo/Brava
Fiat Marea
Zotye Mutipla (2nd generation)[1]
Powertrain
Engine 1.6 L 16V petrol I4
1.6 L 16V LPG/petrol I4
1.6 L 16V CNG I4
1.6 L 16V CNG/petrol I4
1.9 L JTD diesel I4
1.9 L Multijet diesel I4
Transmission 5-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,666 mm (105.0 in)[2]
Length Pre-facelift: 3,994 mm (157.2 in)
Post-facelift: 4,080 mm (161 in)
Width 1,871 mm (73.7 in)
Height 1,670 mm (66 in)
Curb weight 1300-1490 kg (2866-3285 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor Fiat 600 Multipla
Successor Fiat 500L Living
Second series Multipla

The Fiat Multipla (Type 186) is a family car produced by Italian automaker Fiat from 1998 to 2010. Based on the Brava, the Multipla was shorter and wider than its rivals. 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). The Multipla was even shorter than the three-door Fiat Bravo upon which it was based, despite offering substantially more space and seating.

In common with a number of other modern Fiats, the Multipla reused the name of an earlier vehicle, in this case the "Multipla" variant of the Fiat 600 produced during the 1950s and 1960s.

Design[edit]

The exterior and interior design of 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.[3]

It won the Top Gear Car of the Year (1999) and was voted Top Gear Magazine's Family Car of the Year for four years in a row (2001–2004).

Multipla sales began in Italy late in 1998 but most other markets had to wait a year before receiving imports. The Multipla sold well with Italian buyers, but sales elsewhere were less successful. 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. It did arrive to critical acclaim.[4][5]

Engines[edit]

A 1.6L engine that could be powered on either methane or standard petrol was offered in certain markets.[6]

Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Years
100 16V I4 1581 cc 103 PS (76 kW; 102 hp) at 5750 rpm 144 N·m (106 lb·ft) at 4000 rpm 1998–2000
100 16V I4 1596 cc 103 PS (76 kW; 102 hp) at 5750 rpm 145 N·m (107 lb·ft) at 4000 rpm 2000–2010
105 JTD I4 1910 cc 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) at 4000 rpm 200 N·m (150 lb·ft) at 1500 rpm 1998–2000
110 JTD I4 1910 cc 110 PS (81 kW; 110 hp) at 4000 rpm 200 N·m (150 lb·ft) at 1500 rpm 2000–2001
115 JTD I4 1910 cc 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) at 4000 rpm 203 N·m (150 lb·ft) at 1500 rpm 2001–2006
1.9 Multijet I4 1910 cc 120 PS (88 kW; 120 hp) at 4000 rpm 206 N·m (152 lb·ft) at 1450 rpm 2006–2010
1.6 (Bi-Power) CNG I4 1581 cc 92 PS (68 kW; 91 hp) at 5750 rpm 130 N·m (96 lb·ft) at 4000 rpm

UK trim levels[edit]

  • Multipla SX - basic model available with petrol or diesel engines.
  • Multipla ELX - added Air Conditioning, Twin Electric Sunroofs, alloy wheels and electric rear windows, as well as special wipe-clean, brightly coloured seats.

These trim levels were later replaced with Dynamic, Dynamic Family and Eleganza when the Multipla received its facelift at the end of 2004.

Inner room and flexibility[edit]

The new generation Multipla was praised by journalists at its launch for its flexibility. The Multipla’s three-abreast seating configuration allows for adjustment of the front seats and the removal and relocation of the rear seats into many formats. It also affords a big 430 litres (15 cu ft) of luggage space which can increase to 1,900 litres (67 cu ft) of flat floor load space with the rear three seats removed from the vehicle.

Chinese version[edit]

Zotye Auto had assembled Multipla 2 from KD kits from late 2008 to 2010 in its Changshan factory, and marketed it in China as Mutiplan. In October 2010, Zotye started to build a version of Multipla 2 employing more locally made parts in order to reduce costs; the new version is called "Langyue" in China.[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "M SERIES". zotyeglobal.com. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  2. ^ "1998 Fiat Multipla 100 16v SX". carfolio.com. Retrieved 2007-08-26. 
  3. ^ "Fiat Multipla". moma.org. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Fiat Multipla (00-10) Car Review". Parkers. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  5. ^ "Fiat Multipla MPV (2000 - 2011) expert review - Auto Trader UK". Autotrader.co.uk. 2008-03-24. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  6. ^ "2006 Fiat Multipla". Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Zotye Releases Chinese-made Multipla–Longyue". ChinaAutoWeb.com. 

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