Fiat Stilo 2004 | Part Two

Revised exterior styling and brighter interior

The most evident styling changes affect the rear end of the 5 door saloon. The Fiat Style Centre designers have redesigned the tailgate to remove the bumper grooves and the gem-like rear foglights from their current position near the number plate (now they are integral with the rear lights, which also feature a new interior design). Overall, these two improvements give the rear end of the Stilo 5 door a more sophisticated and harmonious appearance while accentuating its sense of solidity.

All the specification packages available for the 5 door version offer an extra touch of elegance due to side and bumper mouldings that are now body coloured. A circular logo is now set in the centre of the tailgate (3 and 5 door versions).

These styling details serve to emphasise the different model spirits still further: a saloon with a single character and two personalities: two 3 and 5 door vehicles that are truly different from one another. The former is geared for individualism, performance and driving satisfaction. It is a youthful, hi-tech car with a strong sporty nature and aggressive shape: the ideal solution for people seeking differentiation and originality. The basic shape consists of two overlying parallelepipeds that join at the waistline where a strong muscle underscores the prevalence of metal over glass.

Comfort is the watchword for the Fiat Stilo Model Year 2004 (5 door) because this car adds all the benefits of the conventional hatchback formula to the advantages of an MPV: the car is easy to get in and out of, there is plenty of room inside and it is driven from a high position that ensures a sense of greater control. The Fiat Stilo's design features and numerous smart solutions for interior space management make it an ideal family car.

The same winning traits are evident on the Stilo Multi Wagon M.Y. 04, a name born out of two very different motoring concepts that have found an ideal balance and blend on this model. On the one hand, the stylistic flair and handling of Station Wagon versions that have always been a byword for travelling satisfaction and the quest for wide open spaces - on the other hand all the versatility and modularity of an MPV that ensure room and comfort for all passengers, both front and back: reconfigurable seats, opening rear window, a particularly comfortable driving position and greater ease of access. The final result was given even greater appeal by equipment and devices until recently exclusive to cars from higher segments.

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Published 20 December 2003 Melanie Carter

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