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The Fiat Sedici is a mini crossover SUV (J), that was co developed by Fiat and Suzuki, mainly for the market in Europe.

Fiat Sedici
2008 Fiat Sedici Dynamic Multijet 1.9.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerSuzuki
Also calledSuzuki SX4
Maruti Suzuki SX4
Production2005–2014 (LHD)
2005–2010 (RHD)
AssemblyHungary: Esztergom (Magyar Suzuki)
DesignerGiorgietto Giugiaro
Body and chassis
ClassMini crossover SUV (J)
Body style5-door hatchback
LayoutFront engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Powertrain
Engine1.6 L M16A I4 petrol
1.9 L Multijet I4 diesel
2.0 L Multijet I4 diesel
Transmission5-speed manual (petrol)
6-speed manual (diesel)
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,500 mm (98.4 in)
Length4,115 mm (162.0 in)
Width1,730 mm (68.1 in)
Height1,575 mm (62.0 in)
Curb weight1,320–1,425 kg (2,910–3,142 lb)
Chronology
SuccessorFiat 500X
2009 Fiat Sedici (facelift)

Contents

HistoryEdit

It was introduced in December 2005, at the Bologna Motor Show,[1] and was built at the Magyar Suzuki plant in Hungary. The expected production volume was 60,000 units per year, one third of these to be sold by Fiat, and two thirds sold by Suzuki and badged as the SX4.[2]

The design was created by Giorgetto Giugiaro's Italdesign Giugiaro studio, and was an alternative to mini multi-purpose vehicles (MPV), which have a more "boxy" appearance. It was the official car of the 2006 Winter Olympics. As the car is four wheel drive, it could be considered a 4x4. As 4x4 is 16, the car is named Sedici (Italian: [ˈseːditʃi]), which means "sixteen" in Italian.

By flicking a switch, the driver can change between 4x2 and 4x4 transmission modes. The car also has electronic stability control (ESC) on the options list and a diesel particulate filter (DPF) is a standard feature.

In November 2006, it was the second best selling SUV in the Italian market, and by June 2007, it was the best selling vehicle. Since 2012, the Sedici has been sold in Israel, with automatic (four speed) or manual (five speed) gearbox. During 2010, the Sedici was withdrawn from the United Kingdom, due to poor sales.

Sedici 4x2Edit

The front wheel drive version of the Sedici was unveiled in May 2008. It was available with the same engine choices as the 4X4 version and was available in two trim levels: Dynamic and Emotion. The price, in Italy, was around €2000 cheaper than the 4x4 version.[3]

EnginesEdit

There were two engines available: a 1.6 L Suzuki petrol and a 1.9 L Fiat turbodiesel.

Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Top speed
1.6 Petrol I4 1586 cc 107 PS (79 kW; 106 hp) @5600 rpm 145 N⋅m (107 lb⋅ft) @4000 rpm 4WD: 170 km/h (106 mph)
1.9 Multijet Diesel I4 1910 cc 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) @4000 rpm 280 N⋅m (207 lb⋅ft) @2050 rpm 4WD: 180 km/h (112 mph)

Facelift (2009)Edit

In March 2009, the Sedici was given a more substantial upgrade: A changed front grille, similar to that of the Bravo, and a new bumper. Inside, it had more sophisticated instrumentation, new fabrics, the air conditioning vents were changed, and it had new Euro 5 compliant engines.

The 1.9 litre Multijet engine was replaced by the more modern 2.0 litre Multijet engine 135 PS (99 kW; 133 hp), also the petrol 1.6 litre engine was upgraded to have 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp), with lower fuel consumption. This coincided with the withdrawal of sales of the Sedici in the United Kingdom, although a handful of facelifted cars were sold there.

Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Top speed
1.6 Petrol I4 1586 cc 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) @6000 rpm 156 N⋅m (115 lb⋅ft) @4400 rpm FWD: 185 km/h (115 mph)
4WD: 175 km/h (109 mph)
2.0 16V Diesel Multijet DPF I4 1956 cc 135 PS (99 kW; 133 hp) @3500 rpm 320 N⋅m (236 lbf⋅ft) @1500 rpm FWD: 190 km/h (118 mph)
4WD: 180 km/h (112 mph)

Source[4]

Total productionEdit

Calendar Year Production
2012[5] 8.683
2011[5] 14.777
2010[6][not in citation given] 16.505
2009[7] 19.315
2008[6] 30.952
2007[5] 34.522
2006[5] 24.943
2005[8] 350

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fiat at the 30th Bologna Motor Show". fiatgroupautomobilespress.com. Retrieved 2012-10-16.
  2. ^ Dron, Tony (10 December 2005). "Fiat Sedici's sweet 16". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  3. ^ "11.05.2008 FIAT INTRODUCE FRONT WHEEL DRIVE SEDICI". italiaspeed.com. Retrieved 2008-05-11.
  4. ^ "Nuovo Fiat Sedici" (PDF). fiat.it. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2009-10-10.
  5. ^ a b c d "Produzione mondo 2007-2006: Fiat Ungheria". InterAutoNews.it. Retrieved 2010-07-20.
  6. ^ a b "Produzione mondo 2010-2009: Fiat Ungheria". InterAutoNews.it. Retrieved 2010-07-20.
  7. ^ "Produzione mondo 2009-2008: Fiat Ungheria". InterAutoNews.it. Retrieved 2010-07-20.
  8. ^ "Produzione mondo 2006-2005: Fiat Ungheria". InterAutoNews.it. Retrieved 2010-07-20.