Fiat Multipla

The Fiat Multipla (Type 186) is a compact MPV produced by Italian automaker Fiat from 1998 to 2010. Based on the Bravo/Brava, the Multipla was shorter and wider than its rivals. It had two rows of three seats, where its competitors had two across front seating. The Multipla is shorter than the three-door Bravo/Brava on which it was based, while offering increased seating and cargo volume. Sales commenced in Italy in November 1998.

Fiat Multipla
Fiat Multipla (2002) (29392161886).jpg
Also calledZotye Multiplan (China)
Zotye M300 Langyue (China)
Zotye M300EV (China)
Zotye E300 (China)
2008–2013 (China)
AssemblyItaly: Turin (Mirafiori plant); Milan (Arese plant, CNG version)
China: Changshan County, Quzhou (Zotye Auto)
DesignerRoberto Giolito at Centro Stile Fiat
Body and chassis
ClassCompact MPV
Body style5-door wagon
PlatformFiat C1
RelatedFiat Bravo/Brava
Fiat Marea
Zotye Multipla (second generation)[1]
Engine1.6 L 16V petrol I4
1.6 L 16V LPG/petrol I4
1.6 L 16V CNG I4
1.6 L 16V CNG/petrol I4
1.9 L JTD diesel I4
1.9 L Multijet diesel I4
Transmission5-speed manual
Wheelbase2,666 mm (105.0 in)[2]
Length3,994 mm (157.2 in)
4,080 mm (160.6 in) (facelift)
Width1,871 mm (73.7 in)
Height1,670 mm (65.7 in)
Curb weight1,300–1,490 kg (2,866–3,285 lb)
PredecessorFiat 600 Multipla
SuccessorFiat 500L Living

In common with a number of other modern Fiats, the Multipla reused the name of an earlier vehicle, in this case the "Multipla" variant of the Fiat 600 produced during the 1950s and 1960s.

The Multipla was assembled and marketed in China from 2008 to 2013 under license by Zotye Auto as the Zotye M300 Langyue, using knock-down kits from Italy. Zotye marketed a total of 220 all electric versions of the M300.


Series I Multipla (rear)

The exterior and interior design of the Multipla were displayed at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York during its "Different Roads – Automobiles for the Next Century" exhibition in 1999.[3]

It won the Top Gear Car of the Year (2000), as well as the "More beautiful Car in the world" in the same programme's awards. It was also voted Top Gear Magazine's Family Car of the Year for four years in a row, from 2001 to 2004. In July 2000, in the series finale of Clarkson's Car Years, it was awarded "Family Car of the Moment".

Multipla sales began in Italy in November 1998, with most other markets receiving it a year later. The Multipla sold well with Italian buyers, but sales elsewhere were less successful.

The Multipla underwent a major facelift in March 2004, to shed its original styling for a more restrained look. This was under the intention of attracting more buyers, which made it arrive to critical acclaim.[4][5] Upon the subsequent restyling, The Telegraph reported designers were "desperately sad that the new Multipla no longer resembles a psychotic cartoon duck," and "while passengers loved the adaptability of the clever interior, they were less keen on the sarcastic sneers and derisive laughter of their neighbours, friends and schoolmates; children can be cruel."[6]

The Daily Telegraph placed it #2 on its list of the 100 Ugliest Cars in August 2008, saying "Derided for the blandness of its output during the 1980s and early 1990s, Fiat dared to start thinking outside the box. In this case, however, it simply added wheels to the box."[7] The Multipla was also named the ugliest car of all time by readers of Car Throttle in January 2014.[8] In February 2018, The Sunday Times named it on a list of ugliest cars, saying "The tragedy of the Multipla is that its Elephant Man esque exterior enclosed a genuinely clever and spacious interior, and it wasn’t bad to drive, either. It’s a shame, then, that you’d rather walk than be seen in it."[9]


A 1.6 engine, that could be powered on either methane or standard petrol, was offered in certain markets.[10]

Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Years
100 16V I4 1581 cc 103 PS (76 kW; 102 hp) at 5750 rpm 144 N⋅m (106 lb⋅ft) at 4000 rpm 1998–2000
100 16V I4 1596 cc 103 PS (76 kW; 102 hp) at 5750 rpm 145 N⋅m (107 lb⋅ft) at 4000 rpm 2000–2010
105 JTD I4 1910 cc 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) at 4000 rpm 200 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft) at 1500 rpm 1998–2000
110 JTD I4 1910 cc 110 PS (81 kW; 110 hp) at 4000 rpm 200 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft) at 1500 rpm 2000–2001
115 JTD I4 1910 cc 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) at 4000 rpm 203 N⋅m (150 lb⋅ft) at 1500 rpm 2001–2006
1.9 Multijet I4 1910 cc 120 PS (88 kW; 120 hp) at 4000 rpm 206 N⋅m (152 lb⋅ft) at 1450 rpm 2006–2010
1.6 (Bi-Power) CNG I4 1581 cc 92 PS (68 kW; 91 hp) at 5750 rpm 130 N⋅m (96 lb⋅ft) at 4000 rpm n/a

United Kingdom trim levelsEdit

2004–10 Fiat Multipla (facelift) (front)
2004–10 Fiat Multipla (facelift) (rear)
  • Multipla SX: basic model available with petrol or diesel engines.
  • Multipla ELX: added Air Conditioning, Twin Electric Sunroofs, alloy wheels and electric rear windows, as well as special wipe clean, brightly coloured seats.

In June 2004, when the Multipla received its facelift, these trim levels were later replaced with Dynamic, Dynamic Family, Dynamic Plus.


The new generation Multipla was praised by journalists at its launch for its flexibility. The Multipla’s three abreast seating configuration allows for adjustment of the front seats, and the removal and relocation of the rear seats into many formats. It also affords a big 430 litres (15 cu ft) of luggage space, which can increase to 1,900 litres (67 cu ft) of flat floor load space, with the rear three seats removed from the vehicle.

Zotye M300Edit

From December 2008 to September 2010, Zotye Auto had assembled Multipla 2 from KD kits, in its factory in Changshan, and marketed it in China as Multiplan. In October 2010, Zotye started to build a version of Multipla 2, employing more locally made parts in order to reduce costs; the new version is called "Langyue" in China.[11] There are 2 types: M300 (Engine powered) and M300 EV (see below) which is electric.


  1. ^ "M SERIES". Archived from the original on 5 March 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  2. ^ "1998 Fiat Multipla 100 16v SX". Retrieved 26 August 2007.
  3. ^ "Fiat Multipla". Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Fiat Multipla (00-10) Car Review". Parkers. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
  5. ^ "Fiat Multipla MPV (2000 - 2011) expert review - Auto Trader UK". 24 March 2008. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
  6. ^ Andrew English and Peter Dron (12 March 2004). "Stars of the show: Andrew English and Peter Dron report on more stars of the Geneva motor show". The Telegraph.
  7. ^ "The 100 ugliest cars: 20-1". 28 August 2008 – via
  8. ^ "Ugliest Car Multipla - Google Search".
  9. ^ "Are these the 10 ugliest cars ever made?". 27 February 2018.
  10. ^ "2006 Fiat Multipla". Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  11. ^ "Zotye Releases Chinese-made Multipla–Longyue".

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