The Fiat Multipla is a compact MPV manufactured by Italian automaker Fiat since 1998. Based on the Brava, the Multipla was quite unlike any other on the market. It was much shorter and wider than its rivals, and 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).
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.
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 Top Gear awards 1999. 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.
|100 16V SX||I4||1581 cc||76 kW (103 hv) @ 5750 rpm||@ 4000 rpm|
|105 JTD SX||I4||1910 cc||@ 4000 rpm||@ 1500 rpm||–2000|
|110 JTD ELX||I4||1910 cc||2001–|
|1.9 JTD||I4||1910 cc||@ 4000 rpm||@ 1456 rpm|
|1.6 (Bi-Power) CNG||I4||1581 cc||@ 5750 rpm||@ 4000 rpm|
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