12.02.2004 THE 'NUOVO' FIAT MULTIPLA AIMS TO GO MAINSTREAM AS IT SEEKS A WIDER AUDIENCE

Fiatís dolphin-inspired Multipla is set to receive a completely new look, as these initial pictures prove. The characteristic front of the original Multipla, which was often criticised for being ugly, has been replaced with a more up-to-date corporate face, reminiscent of the recent Idea compact MPV. 

Praised continually by the motoring press for its practicality, roominess and innovative interior features, the Multipla has never appealed to mainstream buyers put off particularly by its odd looking front end.

The Multiplaís original controversial styling, which first appeared as a concept at the 1998 Turin Motor Show, rather overshadowed the ingenious 6-seat interior. Fiat has high hopes for the new model, which still packages their innovative seating concept and can accommodate 6 adults in comfort. The boot capacity has increased from 390 litres to 430 litres, whilst the car has gained 9cm in length to 4,09m. This is due to the new nose (headlamps, grille, bonnet) and rear (light units, boot).

The Nuova Multipla will be available from the second half of this year, whilst the prices and exact specifications are as yet unavailable.

 

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