Fiat’s restyled Multipla, new Doblo Family 7-seater, new Panda SUV and Trepiùno concept car, are all making their UK public debuts at The Sunday Times Motor Show Live this month.
The restyled Multipla, available here later this year, will be represented on the stand in left-hand drive form. Despite the restyle, the Multipla retains its signature three abreast seating arrangement.
The recently revised Fiat Doblo range went on sale in the UK two months ago, featuring improved interiors, upgraded specifications, two new engines, and – this month – the introduction of a new Family version. The new 1.3 litre 16-valve 70 bhp MultiJet turbo-diesel engine also becomes available.
Fiat will also be exhibiting a left-hand drive version of the forthcoming new Panda SUV, which is due to go on sale here next year. This ‘off-road’ vehicle is derived from the Simba, a 4WD concept car shown at the 2003 Bologna Motor Show.
New Panda SUV has a two-tone body, as well as the equipment typical of an SUV; large round headlights and aluminium protective elements for the chassis and engine. This all-terrain look is highlighted by generous 185/65 R15 wheels and a ground clearance of 170 mm. There’s even a permanent four-wheel drive system with viscous coupling and two differentials: the system cuts in automatically and enables the car to negotiate a maximum gradient of over 50%.
The Fiat Trepiùno concept car represents the theme of ‘back to the future’. The prototype is a modern reworking of the cars that marked the first wave of mass motorisation in Italy. The car’s specific proportions and certain external traits are said to give it a fun appearance.
Also on the stand will be the new Fiat Idea, which is Fiat’s first entry in the mini-MPV market, a segment which is now being targeted by most major car manufacturers. Two versions of the Idea will be available for the public to try out.
On another part of the stand, Fiat will show off a life-size model of a Ferrari Formula One car. Built with 146,000 LEGO® bricks, a team of 14 LEGO MasterBuilders in Denmark spent over 2500 hours developing and constructing this 1:1 model, which weighs 600 kg and features genuine Bridgestone tyres.