Fiat has tackled South African family vehicle needs with the launch of the Doblo Panorama.The Panorama rides on a new seven-seat platform that comes with a 790-litre boot that expands to 3200 litres with the seats folded. CO2 emissions are 145g/km).The car is 4.39m long, 1.83m wide and 1.84m tall (1.89m with roof bars) and rides on a 2.76m wheelbase.COSTS REDUCEDOnly one engine is available – a 78kW/290Nm 1.6 Multijet mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. Fuel consumption is claimed to be 5.5 litres/100km and 0-100km/h should take 13.4sec. Top speed is 164km/h.Image galleryWhat about maintenance? According to Fiat: "The 1.6 Multijet needs less-frequent servicing. As a result of the high quality level and the efforts spent on each component to further improve strength and efficiency, it only requires a service every 30 000 km, resulting in reduced running and servicing costs of up to 25% compared to previous generation powertrains."Doblo Panorama is available in white and five metallic options.The Doblo has front and the automaker’s next-generation side bags, the latter larger than normal.iBLUE&ME SYSTEMOther standard equipment included anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and hill-start assistance. Cabin goodies include auto aircon, cruise control, parking sensors and the automaker's iBlue&Me hands-free system - Bluetooth, voice recognition, USB port, MP3 player, SMS reader. PRICEFiat Doblo Panorama 1.6 Multijet - R280 000The Fiat Doblo Panorama is sold with a three year or 100 000km maintenance plan and warranty.