|Assembly||Mirafiori plant, Turin, Italy
Arese plant, Milan, Italy (CNG version)
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Compact MPV (M)|
|Body style||5-door estate|
|Platform||Fiat Type Two (Tipo Due) platform|
Zotye Multipla (2nd generation)
|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
|Wheelbase||2,666 mm (105.0 in)|
|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)|
|Predecessor||Fiat 600 Multipla|
|Successor||Fiat 500L Living
The Fiat Multipla (Type 186) is a compact MPV 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 3-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.
It won the Top Gear Car of the Year (1999), as well as the "Ugliest Car" in the same programme's awards. It was also voted Top Gear Magazine's Family Car of the Year for four years in a row (2001–2004). In July 2000, in the series finale of Clarkson's Car Years, it was awarded "Family Car of the Moment".
In March 2004, upon its subsequent restyling, The Telegraph reported designers were "desperately sad that the new Multipla no longer resembles a psychotic cartoon duck," and "while passengers loved the adaptability of the clever interior, they were less keen on the sarcastic sneers and derisive laughter of their neighbours, friends and schoolmates; children can be cruel."
In January 1999, Multipla sales began in Italy, but most other markets had to wait another year before receiving imports. The Multipla sold well with Italian buyers, but sales elsewhere were less successful. In June 2004, the Multipla underwent a major facelift, to shed its original styling for a more restrained look. This was under the intention of attracting more buyers, which made it arrive to critical acclaim.
A 1.6L engine that could be powered on either methane or standard petrol was offered in certain markets.
|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|
United Kingdom trim levels
- 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.
In June 2004, when the Multipla received its facelift, these trim levels were later replaced with Dynamic, Dynamic Family.
Inner room and flexibility
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.
From December 2008 to 2010, Zotye Auto had assembled Multipla 2 from KD kits, 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.
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- "Fiat Multipla (00-10) Car Review". Parkers. Retrieved 2011-09-29.
- "Fiat Multipla MPV (2000 - 2011) expert review - Auto Trader UK". Autotrader.co.uk. 2008-03-24. Retrieved 2011-09-29.
- "2006 Fiat Multipla". Retrieved 23 October 2014.
- "Zotye Releases Chinese-made Multipla–Longyue". ChinaAutoWeb.com.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Fiat Multipla (1998).|
- Fiat Multipla Official United Kingdom Site
- Registry for Fiat Multipla and Fiat Jolly MicroCars
- Some History Of The Multipla
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