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For the earlier Fiat 600-based Multipla produced between 1956 and 1965, see Fiat 600.
Fiat Multipla
Fiat Multipla
First series Fiat Multipla
Manufacturer Fiat
Production 1998-2010
Assembly Mirafiori plant, Turin, Italy
Arese plant, Milan, Italy (CNG version)
Predecessor Fiat 600 Multipla
Class Compact MPV
Body style(s) 5-door MPV
Platform Fiat Type Two (Tipo Due) platform[citation needed]
Engine(s) 1.6L 16V I4 petrol
1.6L 16V I4 LPG/petrol
1.6L 16V I4 CNG
1.6L 16V I4 CNG/petrol
1.9L JTD I4 diesel
1.9L Multijet I4 diesel
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,666 mm (105.0 in)[1]
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)
Related Fiat Bravo/Brava
Fiat Marea

Second series Multipla

The Fiat Multipla is a compact MPV manufactured by Italian automaker Fiat since 1998. Based on the Brava, the Multipla is quite unlike any other on the market. It is much shorter and wider than its rivals, and has two rows of three seats, while all its competitors have 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 reuses the name of an earlier vehicle, in this case the "Multipla" variant of the Fiat 600 produced during the 1950s and 1960s.

Design

The exterior and interior design of the Multipla was quite extraordinary and 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 1999 Top Gear awards. 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, however, with the motoring press going head over heels to get their hands on one. The first generation Multipla was named one of the 50 ugliest cars by MSN.co.uk.[2]

Engines

The 103 PS (76 kW/102 hp) 1.6-litre petrol and 120 PS (88 kW/120 hp) 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.

Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Years
100 16V SX I4 1581 cc 103 PS (76 kW/102 hp) 76 kW (103 hv) @ 5750 rpm 145 N·m (107 lb·ft) @ 4000 rpm
105 JTD SX I4 1910 cc 105 PS (77 kW/104 hp) @ 4000 rpm 200 N·m (150 lb·ft) @ 1500 rpm –2000
110 JTD ELX I4 1910 cc 110 PS (81 kW/110 hp) 200 N·m (150 lb·ft) 2001–
115 JTD SX/ELX I4 1910 cc 115 PS (85 kW/113 hp) 203 N·m (150 lb·ft) 2002–
1.9 mJTD I4 1910 cc 120 PS (88 kW/120 hp) @ 4000 rpm 206 N·m (152 lb·ft) @ 1456 rpm
1.6 (Bi-Power) CNG I4 1581 cc 92 PS (68 kW/91 hp) @ 5750 rpm 130 N·m (96 lb·ft) @ 4000 rpm

UK 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.

These trim levels were later replaced with Active, Dynamic, and Dynamic Family when the Multipla was facelifted at the end of 2004.

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 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

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. [3]

References

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  1. "1998 Fiat Multipla 100 16v SX". carfolio.com. Retrieved on 2007-08-26.
  2. "Top 50: ugly cars". cars.uk.msn.com. Retrieved on 2010-04-04.
  3. "Zotye Releases Chinese-made Multipla–Longyue", ChinaAutoWeb.com. 

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