has presented an update of the Marea and Marea
Weekend for the Brazilian market, which comes with
a new engine, as well as cosmetic and trim
revisions and new options.
change to what has been dubbed the 'Novo Fiat Marea'
is the adoption of the popular 1.6-litre 16V
'Hi-Torque' petrol engine for the SX version.
Maximum power for the unit in this application
is 106 bhp at 5.500 rpm, while
torque is 15,4 kg/m at 4.500
rpm. By creating this new cheaper and more basic
entry-level version, Fiat
(Fiat's Brazilian division) intends to widen the
sedan and stationwagon's participation on their
fresh new external visual modifications have been
made. At the front a new grille and headlights,
together with spoiler revisions, identify the new
model, while at the rear, the new, large round Fiat
logo is presented. The outward changes are completed
by new 15-inch alloy wheels. Inside the door
pull-handles and the central console are finished in
silver, while bluetooth technology now comes as
standard for ELX, HLX and Turbo versions, and as
optional addition for the SX.
FIAT MAREA -
The Fiat Marea sedan, based on the Bravo/Brava platform, was
Fiat's largest saloon at the time of its introduction,
taking up the market position left vacant when the Croma
ceased production. The Marea entered production in 1996 and
was immediately available as either a four door saloon or a
five door estate (the 'Weekend').
The floorpan (including the wheelbase) along with most of
the mechanicals were carried over from the Bravo/Brava
model, while the engine line up to be offered in this model
were the 1581cc 16V (103bhp), 1747cc 16V (113bhp) and 1998cc
20V (154bhp) petrol engines (all four valves per cylinder,
dohc) and the 1910cc (75bhp or 105bhp in JTD) and 2387cc
(130bhp) turbo diesels. For a limited number of markets the
five cylinder 20V 1998cc turbocharged engine drawn from the
Fiat Coupť was also made available, while for other markets
an entry-level 1.4-litre 12V FIRE unit was an option.
As far back as the B-pillar
the styling was effectively the same as the Bravo/Brava, but
behind that the body was new, and in the saloon version it
ended in a distinct boot. The Weekend had an extended estate
body with characteristic high mounted rear lights and
integrated roof bars. It also featured a fold down edge in
the rear bumper to reduce the height of the lip, to ease
loading of the 1540dm3 (with the rear seats folded) luggage
space. Equipment fitted in its role as the top of the range
Fiat model included air conditioning, electric windows,
drivers airbag, three 3-point rear seatbelts and ABS as
standard, with numerous additional items also available as
dual-fuel vehicle, known as the Marea Bipower was is
available. This featured a 1581cc 16V engine modified to
operate on either petrol or methane, switchable from the
drivers seat. Two sets of injectors were fitted and a
special tank in the boot held the methane at high pressure.
A light commercial vehicle, the Fiat Marengo, was also
offered, which was basically a Weekend with no rear seats
and various modifications to optimise it for its role as a
light commercial vehicle.
ceased production in Europe during late 2002. However
secondary assembly in Brazil (which began shortly into the
model's life) still continues where the Marea remains Fiat's
flagship sedan. This year now sees the car gain a mild
all-round final facelift to extend its life further, with a
new entry-level version that is aimed at widening its market
appeal, as well as an increase to its options package, trims
and cosmetic finish.
Wesley in S„o Paulo