The New Fiat Croma | Part Two

Fiat Croma

Fiat Croma

This premise has created a highly original car that leads its class in certain areas. For example, where access is concerned, thanks to the flat floor and raised H-points at the front and rear. But the car fears no comparison in terms of roominess, as we can see from the generous space above the passengers' heads, the distance between the rows of seats (the best in its category) and the raised driving position that guarantees better control over the road and better external visibility. In addition to the fact that the glazed area on the new model is one of the best in its segment (3.254 m2) and guarantees excellent acoustic and vibration comfort, thanks to careful analysis of the passenger compartment and special suspension setting. And finally, certain outfits propose an innovative modular system for the luggage compartment which adapts perfectly to a wide range of individual needs.

Together these features make it the roomiest car in its segment: the new Croma comes with one bodywork version, 475 centimetres long, 177 cm wide and 160 cm high, and a wheelbase of 270 cm, measurements that translate into an extraordinary amount of interior roominess. The new model is in line with the best competition where length and width are concerned, but about 10 centimetres higher, and it is the best in its segment in terms of interior dimensions.

Original outside, spacious and silent inside. The new Croma is a car born to cater for people with different needs, tastes and lifestyles, but who all share the desire for a comfortable car. And for those looking for unbeatable performance, the Croma offers the powerful 200 bhp 2.4 Multijet engine (combined with the 6-speed sequential automatic transmission), which leads its class with a specific power output of 83 bhp/litre.

It is where the engines are concerned that the new Croma reveals the second aspect of its "substance": in addition to the two sparkling petrol engines (the 2.2 16v that delivers 147 bhp, and the 1.8 16v delivering 140 bhp which will be available after the launch), the model proposes three Multijet turbodiesel engines (the 120 or 150 bhp 1.9, and the new 2.4 litre unit that delivers 200 bhp), yet another demonstration of Fiat Auto's technological superiority in this field. The Fiat Group has set numerous records in the field of diesel cars, starting with the Croma TDI which was the world's first direct injection diesel car back in 1986.

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Published 22 April 2005 Melanie Carter

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