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Fiat's new chubby mini MPV - The Fiat Ellezero

By Rigval on 13 Jan 2012

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A chubby Fiat 500 derivative is about to be launched soon. The Fiat Ellezero (which means 'L 0') is the latest addition to the Fiat 500 range of vehicles. It is chubby because is it the MPV variant of this cheery mini car and it basically is based on the 500 (especially the nose up front) and the chassis underpinnings of the new Fiat Panda.

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Brought out by Fiat to add some pizzazz to the very dull looking (mini)MPV sector, the Fiat Ellezero certainly looks different from the normal and quite boring mini MPVs you see in the market these days. Cars like the Hyundai Matrix come to mind. And yes it might look a little weird to some, it is a Fiat. Fiat being Italian usually means a certain kind of flair (and sometimes weirdness Ė like the first Fiat Multipla).

Anyway, I suppose Fiat wants to develop the 500 into a brand like the BMW Mini. This is actually a good move as you can see the Mini going from the normal supermini hatchback to the three door Clubman and to the very large un-Mini-like Mini Countryman. So a chubby and slightly awkward Ellezero could be a welcome addition to those who wants the 500 looks in something that can carry a lot more people and stuff.

What the chubby Ellezero will have is the Fiat TwinAir (2cylinder) Turbocharged engine with 84bhp, a 1.3liter turbodiesel engine with two sets of tune and a larger 1.4liter petrol engine with 99bhp. Hey, its a basic people carrier, not a Fiat 500 Abarth.

The Fiat Ellezero is expected to be launched at Geneva in March 2012 and sources confirmed that the Fiat Ellezero will be assembled at the Fiatís Serbian plant for the moment.

I wonder whether the local Fiat dealer will bring it in. I believe that the Fiat Ellezero is better than the Qubo and Doblo on sale as these two vehicles are actually based on Fiat's small commercial vans and not one actually purpose built as a mini MPV. Of course, the Qubo looks a tad bit tougher looking. Maybe chubby is cute to some. Who knows.

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Written by Rigval
Born in 1972. Married with a kid. Loves B-road drives and have driven cars from the 1950s to date.

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