exterior styling and new-concept interiors
rational, the exterior styling of the Qubo also sets itself
apart for the specific side and rear body treatments that
pump up its muscular personality. In the same way, not even
the bold and rugged good-looks of the front can compromise
the overall impression of a "unconventional yet likeable”
vehicle, just as its solid appearance and “four wheels on
the ground” attitude are counterbalanced by the fluid and
clean lines that ooze dynamism.
These aesthetic peculiarities are in keeping with the
compact exterior dimensions - 3.96 metres long, 1.72 metres
tall, and 1.68 metres wide – which when united with a
steering diameter of less than 10 metres, allows the new
Qubo to negotiate narrow downtown streets or the
metropolitan traffic slaloms, becoming a new ingenious
alternative to the city car and compact MPVs alike.
In more detail, the sturdy front bumper matches the body
colour, protectively hugging the more delicate zones –
headlights, bonnet, and radiator – especially against
low-speed impact. The same sense of security is provided by
the body side molding that allows the driver to manoeuvre in
total confidence, even in tight spots, and by the matching
wing rear-view mirrors that guarantee excellent visibility
by reducing blind spots to a minimum. Plenty of glass on the
doors and the ample windscreen (the front pillars have also
been minimized) further increase what is already
extraordinary visibility. Even the side glass creates an
original visual effect that, combined with the lines drawn
in correspondence to the mudguards, streamlines the entire
side. The rear hatchback lends a sophisticated design,
bejewelled as it is with the central logo and stylized
window, giving this vehicle something to shout about.
The overall charm of the Fiorino Qubo is further punctuated
by the front and rear lights - characterised with
transparencies and chromium plating, mounted high to protect
them from eventual impact - and the front and rear doors,
the latter of which are always sliding and feature plenty of
glass to increase passenger comfort and functionality.
Finally, the client can choose from among ten body colours
and two types of interiors. But enough about the outside.
It's inside where the new Qubo really struts its stuff.
Thanks to an original concept – denominated “free space” –
that combines different seat arrangements (for a total of
sixteen) through the rationality and regularity of the
interior spaces. The result is an exceptionally exploitable
space for volume and flexibility: for example, with seats in
a normal position, the boot measures 330 litres (up to the
height of the boot panel) and 650 litres if measured to the
roof. Instead, if the rear seats are removed and the front
passenger folded down to the floor, the load capacity
amounts to 2,500 litres (best in class) and a boot capable
of holding objects nearly 2.5 metres long (a real record, if
we consider that the vehicle measures a total of 3.9 metres
The Fiorino Qubo seat represent the soul of the “free space”
concept": In fact, the alternative to the standard front
passenger seat may be a specially designed seat that, when
folded up with a simple gesture, can "disappear” into floor
at boot level (while in an intermediate position it may
function as a convenient table top!). Furthermore, the rear
seats are available in 1/3 and 2/3 configurations, and can
be folded or removed (completely or partially) thereby
offering surprising load capacity and versatility.
So much for space and flexibility, but Fiorino Qubo is also
a comfortable vehicle for all effects and purposes, as
demonstrated by the symmetrical and modular T-shaped
dashboard that serves up all the commands and a variety of
instrumentation at the driver’s fingertips. But comfort on
board also means storage space: so this is where the central
console steps in to offer open organisational capacity.
Plenty of space at the base of the transmission command on
the dashboard, thanks to the roomy glove compartment. Even
the door panels were studied to offer storage and a
comfortable armrest. Moreover, the central tunnel of the
Qubo also offers practical open storage compartments.
Finally, the boot is wonderfully and evenly spacious (972 mm
wide, 737 mm deep, 545 mm height under the boot panel) with
direct access to the loading level, while the rigid boot
panel demonstrates it collaborative nature by “disappearing”
easily in the space between the backrests and the wheelbox.