New Ford B-Max rival will go on sale in spring 2013
3 January 2012

Fiat’s next major new model will be a compact MPV targeted at the Vauxhall Meriva, Citroen C3 Picasso and Ford B-Max. Called Fiat Ellezero, and set to be revealed at the Geneva motor show next spring ahead of a 2013 launch, its six-window styling bears a clear resemblance to the new Panda, while the nose treatment will share similarities to the Fiat 500.

It also has a windscreen featuring considerable wraparound, allowing the base of the A pillars to sit further back to improve visibility.

The Ellezero replaces Fiat B segment Idea MPV, which lead a short life in the UK but survives on the continent. Engines are likely to include the 84bhp Twinair turbo, the 75bhp and 94bhp 1.3 Multijet diesels and the 99bhp 1.4 petrol.

Ellezero is the car’s codename, but may become its actual nameplate. As previously, the Fiat will be joined by a reskinned, Lancia version, today’s Musa mini-MPV a big seller in Italy.

The UK will get this model as a Chrysler. Both cars will be assembled at Fiat’s Serbian factory, a former Zastava plant, and both will also be exported to the US.

 

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3 January 2012

The key thing for this model will be if Fiat can inject the same sort of verve and charisma that they have in to both the 500 and new Panda in to this model - something that the previous Idea never had.

As for the Lancia / Chrysler version, I am really not sure how the Americans are going to take to it? The small car market there is still very much in it's infancy and it will have something special to make an impression.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

3 January 2012

I read elsewhere that the MPV Fiat are readying is being billed as a '500 MPV' which could take back the Multipla nameplate. I'd prefer this to be the case. [quote TegTypeR]The key thing for this model will be if Fiat can inject the same sort of verve and charisma that they have in to both the 500 and new Panda in to this model - something that the previous Idea never had.[/quote]Agreed.

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

3 January 2012

Good news that the Lancia version is coming to the UK. The Musa is much more attrative than the IDEA, especially at the rear

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Fiat_Idea_rear_20071102.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lancia_Musa_Facelift_rear.JPG

3 January 2012

Agreed, Idea was decent car but had no personality, no charm, which is why Lancia's Musa often outsold it!

The Lancia/Chrysler version the topic relates to as far as i'm aware will not be sold stateside, the Chrysler version is for Ireland & UK.

3 January 2012

A quick Google came up with this:

http://www.autoedizione.nl/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Fiat-ellezero-scoo...

Really does look like a 500.

3 January 2012

[quote Quattroporte]

A quick Google came up with this:

http://www.autoedizione.nl/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Fiat-ellezero-scoo...

Really does look like a 500.

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The front looks great.

It seems we have a hit!

4 January 2012

The you tube pics make it look like a '50 s tin toy car with a current model Fiat 500 front transfered onto it. ( transfers for those not old enough were a kind of film which could be slid from it's paper backing once wet enough, and onto some surface to decorate it).

4 January 2012

According to Italian press and to Fiat Group's product plan, a Lancia version is not planned. What is planned is a stretched 7-seated version, much like the Ford and Citroën offering; however being based on a B-segment (Punto) rather than C-segment platform the ElleZero should offer better packaging. This should be good news for Italian drivers who have to negotiate hellish traffic and don't like the fact that cars keep getting bigger and bigger.

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