Feb 26, 2003 - Fiat will be showing the 'Project 169' designed for the supermini market and intended as a replacement for the Fiat Panda and Seicento models.
This new model is aimed at customers who want a vehicle with compact interior dimensions yet all the comfort they are accustomed to in bigger cars. The Fiat designers have aimed for a strong personality to this small, youthfully informal car, partly by making it reassuringly bigger than you would expect. The mouldings and bars on certain versions even give the 'Project 169' the appearance of a small city SUV.
The interiors are consistent with the styling of the body and add up to a roomy, functional and comfortable passenger compartment that aims to compare well with that of a medium-category car. At just 354 centimetres in length, 158 cm in width and 153 cm in height, the 'Project 169' can accommodate four to five people. It is equipped with one of the roomiest luggage compartments in the segment (more than 200 litres) and boasts the best passenger room levels in its segment.
The new model will pin its market challenge on the attributes that have worked for other small Fiats but it aims to take quality levels into a different league as far as comfort, safety, engineering and equipment are concerned. The 'Project 169' will be available initially with five doors, with a three door model to follow in mid-2004.