Just over a week
away now from its scheduled 'world premiere' at the Bologna
International Motor Show, official images of the new Fiat
Sedici 4x4 have begun to circulate the internet this
afternoon. To be built by Suzuki in Hungary, this new
four-wheel-drive 'crossover' vehicle will also be badged as
a Lancia next year, and will of course be sold as a Suzuki.
The Sedici (a
play on the multiplication of 4x4, Sedici being Italian for 16) will boost Fiat's
burgeoning four-wheel drive line-up, a fashionable market
sector that the Italian carmaker was very late in arriving
at. The little Panda 4x4 with its genuine off-road
pretensions has proved an instant hit, while a 4x4 SUV
version - styled on the early Simba prototype and called the
Panda Cross - is also due to be unveiled in Bologna.
The new Sedici
will be 4.11 meters long, 1.76m wide, 1.62m high and with a
wheelbase of 2.5m. Clothed in aggressive, off-road bodywork styled by Italdesign-Giugiaro,
the large front grille will clearly separate it from the
Suzuki version. The deep grille area follows the 'family'
style pioneered by the new Croma, while the small round
foglamps are also very typically in Fiat's current style.
Deep, protective side door, sill and wheel arch mouldings
are enhanced by aluminium protection plates slung under the
beefy front and rear bumpers.
The new four wheel drive Fiat Sedici will be 4.11
meters long, 1.76m wide, 1.62m high, and with a
wheelbase of 2.5m
Just over a week away from its scheduled 'world
premiere' at the Bologna International Motor Show,
official images of the new Fiat Sedici have begun to
circulate over the internet
Prominent roof rack bars available, a raised ride height (minimum
ground clearance is 19cm) and chunky, five-spoke, 16-inch
alloy wheels shod with 205/60 tyres, complete the Sedici's
rugged looks. Eight external body colours will complement
the vast swages of dark plastic trim finish.
Inside, the Sedici has room for five passengers and 270
litres of luggage, while once the rear seats are quickly
folded away, this increases the trunk space to 670 litres.
The Sedici is class-leading in terms of safety, with
anti-lock braking (ABS), electronic braking force
distribution (EBD), and ESP fitted. Four airbags (driver and
front passenger airbags, as well as two side bags) fitted as
standard, ensure that passive safety is taken into
consideration, while curtain bags are an optional extra on
the highest-specification versions.
Two engines will initially be made available at the launch,
one petrol and one diesel. The former is a 1.6-litre unit
with 107bhp on tap, producing 145Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. A
top speed of 170km/h will be achieved by the petrol engined
Sedici. The diesel version will be powered by Fiat's
technologically-advanced, common-rail 1.9-litre JTD engine,
fitted with the now-obligatory particle filter. It produces
120bhp, 280Nm (at 2,050rpm), and hits a maximum speed of
180km/h. Power will be shifted to the four wheels via an
electronically controlled four wheel drive system, which
comes with three optional settings. On dry surfaces the 4x4
system can be kept switched off, allowing the driver to use
the Sedici in front wheel drive mode, on slippery surfaces
drive to the rear axle can be activated simply at the push
of a dashboard button, while the third option allows the
all-wheel traction to remain permanently engaged.