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Fiat Ellezero

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Fiat has revealed information on an upcoming mini MPV that is set to be revealed at Geneva later in the year.

Design for the new mini MPV will mimic that of the new Fiat Panda , with a wraparound windscreen, improving all round visibility. The Ellezero is designed to replace the current Idea MPV, which has not made much of an impact in the European market, due to more upmarket competition like the Opel Meriva and Citroen C3 Picasso.

Engines are likely to include the 84bhp Twinair turbo, the 75bhp and 94bhp 1.3 Multijet diesels and the 99bhp 1.4 petrol from the 500 and Panda city cars. There will most likely be a redesigned Lancia version also available. No talk on prices yet, but expect the Lancia version to carry a slightly more premium price to the Fiat.

Fiat’s New Panda

Fiat has finally taken wraps off its latest generation of its popular citycar, the Panda.

This is the utilitarian version of the Fiat 500. The 500 is only available as a 3 door, however the Panda will only be available as a five door. This new car has grown in length by 12mm and 62mm in width. It is also 10mm taller than its predecessor.

The Panda will make use of the same array of engines found on the 500,namely the new 65bhp Twinair model, the turbocharged 85bhp Twinair model and a 1.2l 69bhp petrol engine. There will also be a 1.3l diesel version producing 75bhp.

Fiat also claims that an Abarth version of the Panda is also being considered, producing in the region of 105bhp. The new Panda will be available in mid-2012 and prices will be broadly similar to the current car.

Fiat’s Plans for the Future

Fiat’s product plan has surfaced on the internet, showing what to expect from the likes of Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Fiat. This plan shows their upcoming models for the next three years.

Fiat, as a car manufacturer does not seem to have much planned for Europe. However, in 2012, they will be introducing the 500 Abarth to the American market, an electric 500, for the European, and very probably the American market. There should also be the next generation of Fiat Panda that will go on sale in 2012. In 2013 they also plan to introduce a 4-door version of the 500.

Alfa Romeo, on the other hand seem to have been keeping themselves busy, and will continue to do so for the next three years. Next year we should expect the launch of the fabulous 4C Coupe, which, if it does make production, should cost about 40,000 Euros. In 2013 the Giulia will finally be revealed to the world, as well as a variant of the Giulietta hatchback (a Giulietta Sportwagon maybe?). Their controversial SUV should also be available in 2013 as well as something called a 5-door subcompact. This is very probably a 5-door version of their MiTo. Then there is a also the possibility of the unveiling of a roadster in 2013, a replacement to the aging Spider. 2014 Alfa plan to show the Sportwagon version of the Giulia and the possibility of a replacement of the 166, which was dropped from the market in 2007.

Ferrari will be unveiling a convertible version of their sublime 458, a replacement for the 599 and an Enzo replacement in 2012. In 2013 a lightweight version of the 458 will be unveiled, as well as a freshened up California. In 2014 the 458 will also get a freshen up.

Maserati, will debut their rival for the BMW M5 in 2012 and in 2013 will see the next generation of Quattroporte being unveiled as well as their SUV. These three cars have a lot of weight on their shoulders since Maserati want these cars to up their annual sales to 50,000 units per year.

Fiat have a busy few years ahead of them, but nothing seems out of their reach. Stay tuned to see more of these up and coming models.