The Lancia Musa (Type 350) is a five-passenger compact MPV manufactured by Fiat, and marketed by the company's Lancia subdivision for model years 2004 through to 2012. A front-engine, front-wheel-drive, five-door design and a modified variant of the Fiat Idea, the Musa also employs the Project 188 platform, originally used for the second generation Fiat Punto.

Lancia Musa
Five-door car with alloy wheels, door mirrors, flush headlights, and black-plastic trim on the front bumper
Overview
ManufacturerLancia (Fiat)
Production2004–2012[1]
AssemblyItaly: Turin (Mirafiori)
DesignerFlavio Manzoni (adaption from Fiat Idea[2]
Body and chassis
ClassCompact MPV (B)[2]
Body style5-door MPV
LayoutFF layout
PlatformFiat B
RelatedFiat Idea
Fiat Punto (188)
Lancia Ypsilon
Powertrain
Engine1.4 8v FIRE (LPG)
1.4 16v FIRE
1.3 16v Multijet Diesel
1.6 16v Multijet Diesel
1.9 16v Multijet Diesel
Transmission5-speed manual
6-speed manual
5-speed D.F.N
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,508 mm (98.7 in)
Length3,990 mm (157.1 in)
4,037 mm (158.9 in) (facelift 2007)
Width1,700 mm (66.9 in)
Height1,660–1,684 mm (65.4–66.3 in)
Curb weight1,155–1,275 kg (2,546.3–2,810.9 lb)
Chronology
SuccessorFiat 500L[3]

BackgroundEdit

The Musa design, an adaption of the Fiat Idea by Fabrizio Giugiaro, was initially supervised by Flavio Manzoni and subsequently Marco Tencone. It debuted at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show and deliveries began in Europe in October of the same year. The Musa's front and rear-end styling bears resemblance to the technically related Lancia Ypsilon, with which it shares headlights.[4] A compact MPV (multi-purpose vehicle), the Musa is considered to form part of the B-segment of the European car market.[2]

The interior features Alcantara or leather, as well as chrome details. Like the Fiat Idea, the Musa offers an automated manual transmission marketed as Dolce Far Niente (D.F.N.) — for all engines except the eight valve version of the 1.4 FIRE.[5]

FaceliftEdit

A revised, mildly facelifted Musa premiered at the 2007 Venice Film Festival, and debuted at Frankfurt Auto Show in October 2007, with a revised logo of Lancia, front bumper fascia with new chrome moldings, bodyside moldings with chrome inserts, LED rear lamps and a luggage compartment seventy litres larger, while and loading deck lowered by 4cm, as well as revised headliner soundproofing in the headliner.

 
Lancia Musa (2004–2007)
 
Lancia Musa (2008-2012)
 
Lancia Musa (2008–2012)

Options including FCA's integrated In Vehicle Infotainment system (marketed as Blue&Me), new body colours and equipment. In 2008, for the market in Italy, Lancia introduced the EcoChic version with 1.4 Fire 8v dual power (LPG and petrol) engine. In 2009, Lancia introduced a start-stop system with the 1.4 Fire 16v and 1.3 Multijet II Euro 5 engines, the latter with 95 PS (70 kW; 94 hp).

EnginesEdit

Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Years
Petrol engines
1.4 8V LPG straight-4 1368 cc 77 PS (57 kW; 76 hp) @ 6000 rpm 115 N⋅m (85 lb⋅ft) @ 3000 rpm from 2005
1.4 16V straight-4 1368 cc 95 PS (70 kW; 94 hp) @ 5800 rpm 128 N⋅m (94 lb⋅ft) @ 4500 rpm
Diesel engines
1.3 Multijet 16V straight-4 1248 cc 70 PS (51 kW; 69 hp) @ 4000 rpm 180 N⋅m (133 lb⋅ft) @ 1750 rpm
1.3 Multijet 16V straight-4 1248 cc 95 PS (70 kW; 94 hp) @ 4000 rpm 200 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft) @ 1500 rpm from 2006
1.6 Multijet 16V straight-4 1598 cc 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) @ 4000 rpm 300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft) @ 1500 rpm from 2008
1.9 Multijet 8V straight-4 1910 cc 101 PS (74 kW; 100 hp) @ 4000 rpm 259 N⋅m (191 lb⋅ft) @ 1750 rpm 2004–2008

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mirafiori closed temporarily, Lancia Musa out of production". autoedizione.com. Retrieved 2012-05-29.
  2. ^ a b c Eóin Doyle (March 23, 2018). "The Muse of Melpomene". Driven to Write.
  3. ^ "Fiat's New, Serbia-Made Model May Succeed Idea, Lancia Musa". Bloomberg Business. 2011-09-21. Retrieved 2015-11-09.
  4. ^ "Lancia Musa". The Lancia pages @www.CarsfromItaly.com. Archived from the original on 2005-03-24. Retrieved 2006-10-12. – accessed via the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Lancia Musa MPV". Global Auto Index. Retrieved 2006-10-12.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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