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
The new nose is in fact very much in keeping with the Fiat
corporate look for 2004, seen on other cars like the
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.
look for the new, smoother-looking Fiat Multipla to arrive
here before the end of this year.