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Fiat Multipla

Broadcast date : 11th April 2004

At the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, Fiat previewed the new-look Multipla. It seems as if Fiatís stylists have conceded at least partial defeat with this 2004 version, which goes on sale in Europe in the second half of this year.

Gone is the frog-eyed, duck-billed look, and that mid-life bulge beneath the windscreen has also received some automotive liposuction.

The new nose is in fact very much in keeping with the Fiat corporate look for 2004, seen on other cars like the recently-released Stilo.

This new look includes the so-called techno headlights, with multiple round lamps covered in stylish glass and the new-look Fiat shield on a honey-comb grille.

Giving the Multipla a more up-market, less utilitarian look are the two chrome embellishers on the grille.

The side skirts  and the rubbing strips are now colour-coded also smartening up the look,  although for some reason Fiat left the doors handles in black.

In the pretty-face department, the air intakes beneath the radiator grille have a nice aggressive look, the egg-crate style reminiscent of Ė donít laugh Ė early Ferraris.

The alloy wheels, a very nice feature of the current Multipla, have been re-styled with typical Italian flair.

The basic, flat-sided shape remains, and so what we have is more of an extensive face-lift than a new model.

The reason for those flat sides is a practical one, and that is to provide adequate elbow space for all six passengers  - three up front, three at the rear.

The essential mechanicals remain the same, which means that right-hand-drive models should be on stream more quickly than usual.

So look for the new, smoother-looking Fiat Multipla to arrive here before the end of this year.


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