Fiat’s new Croma will make its first public appearance at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show (3rd – 13th March 2005) and will go on sale in Italy during June.

Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and built at Fiat Auto’s Cassino factory, the name recalls the saloon that was on sale between 1985 – 1994, with over 450,000 sold during that period.

It’s a bigger car this time round, with the focus on interior space – dimensions are 4.75 m (L) x 1.77 m (W) x 1.60 m (H) with a wheelbase of 2.70 m.

The new Croma will offer buyers the choice of three trim levels, five engines and either manual or automatic gearboxes. Engine options will comprise both petrol and turbodiesel units: 1.8 16v 130 bhp and 2.2.16v 150 bhp (petrol), 1.9 16v MultiJet 120 bhp, 1.9 16v MultiJet 150 bhp, and an entirely new 2.4 MultiJet with 200 bhp.

There’s currently no confirmation that the Croma will go on sale in the UK.