Fiat At The 2004 Motor Show - Fiat Doblo Revisions and Enhancements | Part Two

The 2004 Fiat Doblo

Fiat Panda

Also from this month, the revised Doblò range is being further enhanced by the availability of Fiat Auto’s remarkable 1.3 litre 16-valve 70 bhp MultiJet turbodiesel engine, the smallest and most advanced second generation common rail direct injection turbodiesel in the world.

Priced from £9095-£11,295 on-the-road, the Doblò range represents outstanding value for money, and features two 1.2 8v petrol and two 1.9 JTD diesel versions, with 1.3 MultiJet Active and 1.3 MultiJet Family versions completing the six model line-up. All three engines are mated to 5-speed manual transmissions.

The arrival of the new 7-seat Family version further reinforces the versatility of the range, with the addition of a third row of passenger accommodation in the form of a movable and foldable two-seat bench. Offered with Fiat Auto’s ground-breaking 1.3 16-valve 70 bhp MultiJet turbodiesel powerplant, the new Doblò Family is set to become the least expensive 7-seater MPV in the UK market today.

Comprehensive levels of standard equipment have been upgraded. In addition to an existing specification which includes electric front windows, remote central locking, driver and passenger airbags, a height adjustable driver’s seat and armrest, and a stereo radio/cassette, Active versions now benefit from a 60:40 split/folding rear seat, a third rear seatbelt and three rear head restraints.

Family versions boast the same standard specification as Active models, with the addition of two extra seats, ABS anti-lock brakes with EBD, front foglights, and colour coded bumpers and rear door pillars. Over and above the Active specification, Dynamic models now feature standard equipment air conditioning, a stereo radio/CD player with six speakers, 14" alloy wheels, front foglights, and colour coded bumpers and rear door pillars.

Fiat will also be exhibiting two versions of the award-winning Panda range. In securing Car of the Year 2004, the all-new Fiat Panda took the automotive industry’s most prestigious award by a handsome 40 point margin from its nearest rival, impressing the jury of 58 senior automotive journalists from 22 European countries with a combination of design flair, interior space, flexibility, practicality, refinement and driving dynamics unprecedented in the sub-£7000 city car class.

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Published 17 May 2004 Melanie Carter

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