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Fiat Sedici

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Manufacturer  Fiat
Class  Mini crossover SUV (J)
Designer  Giorgietto Giugiaro
Fiat Sedici
Also called  Suzuki SX4 Maruti Suzuki SX4 Lancia Pangea (cancelled)
Production  2005–2014 (LHD) 2005–2010 (RHD)
Assembly  Hungary: Esztergom (Magyar Suzuki)

The Fiat Sedici is a mini sport utility vehicle, that was co–developed by Fiat and Suzuki, mainly for the European market.

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History

It was introduced in December 2005, at the Bologna Motor Show, 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. 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 (pronounced [ˈseːditʃi]), which means "sixteen" in Italian. By pressing a button, 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 (4 speed) or manual (5 speed) gearbox. During 2010, the Sedici was withdrawn from the United Kingdom, due to poor sales.

Sedici 4x2

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.

Engines

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

2009 facelift

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.

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References

Fiat Sedici Wikipedia


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