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Fiat introduces quirky Qubo


THE FIAT Qubo has been launched in SA as a highly functional vehicle, with two sliding rear side doors and flexible interior capable of offering varying ownership solutions.

It’s the vehicle that allows you the freedom to do anything you choose, as is expected from a multi-purpose vehicle, because it’s as easy to handle as a city car and as spacious and comfortable as an MPV.

With versatility and compact dimensions (3 959mm long, 1 684mm wide and 1 735mm high), the Qubo boasts the best maximum-capacity boot amongst this competitive set.

These aesthetic peculiarities are in keeping with the compact exterior dimensions which, when united with a steering circle of less than 10 metres, allow the new Qubo to easily negotiate narrow streets or the inevitable daily metropolitan traffic slaloms, becoming a new alternative to the city car and compact MPVs alike.

The sturdy front bumper matches the body colour, protectively hugging the more delicate zones - headlights, bonnet and radiator - against low-speed impact. The same sense of security is provided by the body-side moulding that allows the driver to manoeuvre in total confidence, even in tight spots, and by the matching rear-view mirrors that guarantee excellent visibility by reducing blind spots to a minimum.

Large expanses of glass ensure class-leading visibility, with the side glass in particular creating an original visual effect that, combined with the lines drawn in correspondence to the mudguards, streamlines the vehicle’s entire side.

The rear hatchback door lends a sophisticated design, bejewelled as it is with the central Fiat logo and stylised window, ensuring the Qubo stands out like no other MPV.

The new Qubo’s turbo-diesel engine produces 55kW of power and torque of 190Nm. Maximum speed is 155km/h and in the combined driving cycle it returns 4.6 litres/100km. Performance of the 1.4 petrol engine is 54kW a maximum torque of 118Nm. The engine is peppy but thrifty. Maximum speed is also 155km/h, yet returns 7.0 litre/100km in the combined cycle.

The Qubo will be available immediately from 36 Fiat dealerships countrywide and, as with all Fiat Group products, comes standard with a 3 year/100 000km full maintenance plan and warranty for peace-of-mind driving.
The Qubo retails for R177 990 for the 1.4-litre petrol, and R199 990 for the 1.3-litre diesel variant.


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