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2011-10-07 13:05

SPECIAL EDITION: Several special edition Fiat 500 should make their way to SA in 2012.

Fiat takes the wraps off three new models at the Johannesburg International Motor Show – Punto, 500 Matt black and Qubo MPV.

The new Punto sports a makeover along with the Italian automaker’s MultiAir technology.

The front and rear ends have been tweaked with the addition of new light clusters and indicators. The Punto also features new 15” alloy rims and a host of metallic paint options.


Power is derived from a 1.4-litre turbo and normally-aspirated models coupled with the brand’s MultiAir technology. A 900cc two-cylinder TwinAir version is currently in the works but Fiat has not confirmed whether the downsized model will be headed to SA.

Inside is where Fiat’s designers have spent most of time as the interior of the Punto has been altered radically. A new soft- touch dash design coupled with new gauges and dashboard inserts give it massive sporty and premium hatchback appeal.

Fiat will also be launching a special series of its chic city in the form of the new 500 Matt Black.

The 500 Matt Black is the first of several special editions of the small city cars to be launched by Fiat in 2012.

Based on the current 73.5 kW 1.4 Sport version, the 500 Matt Black newcomer gets feature over and above the top of the range 1.4 Lounge version. Features include matt black paint finish, metallic inserts, matt black  16-inch alloy wheels, red brake calipers and special floor mats.

Fiat Qubo

QUBO MPV: Perhaps what it lacks in looks it will make up for in performance and versatility


Not to be outdone by its hatchback siblings, Fiat’s Qubo is unveiled at JIMS. Whether this new model arrives in SA will depend on it reception at the show. At 3.9m long, 1.7m high and 1.7me the Qubo is set to take on SA’s MPV market with its spacious interior and versatility.

Globably the Qubo is offered in variety of powertrains, but according to Fiat the engine most likely to feature when it is launched locally will be a 55 kW petrol-driven 1.4-litre powerplant. The engine will be mated to a five-speed manual gearbox and fuel consumption is rated at a claimed 7.0-litres/100km.

The Qubo looks as though it’s borrowed elements from the Panda and Multipla especially its ‘duck bill’ front.  The six-seat MPV offers 330-litres of boot space couple with twin sliding doors.

A five-seater version will also be on offer in two specification levels - Active and Dynamic. Nine body colours and two types of trim levels will be made available.

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