The Sedici is one of the best sold models among Fiat’s range. And with the most recent generation it got even better. The new Sedici is offered in three trim levels (Dynamic, Emotion and Experience), with two-wheel or four-wheel drive, and 8 body colors. The Sedici comes equipped with one of two engines (120 HP, 1.6-liter 16v and 135 HP 2.0-liter, Multijet 16v) mated to a five or a six transmission respectively.

The New Sedici 135 HP 2.0 Multijet boasts performances at the top of its class: it has a top speed of 190 km/h and goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.5 seconds (the figures for the 4x4 version are 180 km/h and 11.2 seconds respectively). In addition, the flexibility of the vehicle has been enhanced due to 320 N/m torque which reaches a maximum delivery at 1,500 rpm.

The new Sedici gets a larger front with new “off-road” protection and fog lights with new chromed frames that emphasise the front and enrich the imposing bumpers, lending the vehicle greater elegance and refinement in terms of detail. There will be two new exterior colors added: pearly white and a new grey tone and new 16” alloy rims.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Fiat is renewing the Sedici in style and choice of engines: from today the Sedici is even more respectful of the environment thanks to two new Euro 5 engines (the 120CV 1.6 16v petrol engine and the 135CV 2.0 16v Multijet diesel), making it the “best in class” SUV for CO2 emissions.

With the new Sedici, the Fiat range acquires greater coherence and modernity, thanks to styling that is more consistent with that of other models. Today, the appearance of the new model incorporates a series of details that immediately refer to the modern crossovers, with a solution that is trend-proof and destined to last a long time. The new bumper, reminiscent of robust “bull bars”, adds strength and character to the design, while the metallic trim around the fog lights emphasises a practical elegance that is perfectly at home even in the most prestigious city centres. The most distinctive feature of the new Sedici is its ability to move effortlessly from chaotic urban traffic to tough outdoor routes over rough and slippery terrain.

Heir to an already successful model (80,000 units sold in all, and around 47,000 in Italy alone, where the Fiat Sedici 4x4 is the best selling off-road vehicle), Fiat’s renewed SUV is designed to target customers seeking distinction in the form of a refined automobile with elegant lines. At the same time the new Sedici is also ideal for drivers wanting a car that is compact, agile and safe in city traffic. The new Sedici measures 411 centimetres in length, 176 in width, 162 in height (160.5 cm for the 4x2), and 250 cm in wheelbase. The new model offers an improved leisure experience, especially for nature lovers and drivers seeking to satisfy a taste for adventure. This is merit of the car’s all-terrain look and its adaptable, on-demand four wheel drive system that lets you switch freely between 4x2 and 4x4 drive, further reducing fuel consumption compared to other off-road vehicles in the same class.

The customer can choose between three versions (Dynamic, Emotion and Experience), two drive systems (4x2 and 4x4), 8 bodywork colours and two new engines, the 120 HP 1.6 16v petrol and the 135 HP 2.0 Multijet diesel with DPF (particulate filter) as standard. Compared to those of the previous model, these two new engines deliver more power while also producing significantly less CO2. They can be combined with five or six-speed gearboxes (and on some markets, like Germany, even a 4-speed automatic, available only on the 1.6 petrol 4x2). In Italy, the on-the-road prices for the petrol 120 HP 1.6 16v model start from 18,350 Euro for the 4x2 and from 20,350 Euro for the 4x4, while for the 135 HP 2.0 Multijet, prices start from 21,350 Euro for the 4x2 version and 23,350 Euro for the 4x4 model.

Flexible and eco friendly engines

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The New Sedici is equipped with two brand new engines (120 HP 1.6 16v and 135 HP 2.0 Multijet 16v) that come with five and six gears respectively, characterised by accurate engagement and reduced loads (4 gear automatic transmission for the petrol 1.6 4x2 wheel drive is also available for some foreign markets). Euro 5 compliant, the two engines can boast a considerable reduction in CO2 emissions compared with engines in the previous range. In fact, in comparison with the 107 HP 1.6, the new 120 HP engine (in addition to an extra 13 HP) shows a reduction of roughly 10%, in both the 4x2 and 4x4 versions. And to an even greater extent, compared with the 120 HP 1.9 Multijet, the new 135 HP 2.0 Multijet (in addition to an extra 15 HP) brings down CO2 emissions by 20% in the 4x4 version (they fall by 17% in the 4x2 model). So, these figures put the New Sedici at the top of the class, confirming the continuous commitment of the Fiat brand to combining “fun to drive” with protection of the environment.

More specifically, a natural development of the 1.9 Multijet, the new 135 HP 2.0 MultiJet exhibits several advantages both from a performance point of view (with an increase in torque and power) and in terms of emissions and fuel consumption: the values for the 4x2 version are a mere 134 g/km of CO2 (combined cycle) combined with consumption of 4.4 l/100 km in the extra-urban cycle, 5.1 l/100 km in the mixed cycle and 6.4 l/100 km in the urban cycle (the values for the 4x4 version are 142 g/km of CO2, 4.6 l/100 km in the extra-urban cycle, 4.6 l/100 km in the mixed cycle and 7.0 l/100 km in the urban cycle).

It should be emphasised that, on top of a considerable reduction in consumption and emissions, the New Sedici 135 HP 2.0 Multijet boasts performances at the top of its class: it has a top speed of 190 km/h and goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.5 seconds (the figures for the 4x4 version are 180 km/h and 11.2 seconds respectively). In addition, the flexibility of the vehicle has been enhanced due to 320 N/m torque which reaches a maximum delivery at 1,500 rpm.

The 1.6 16v petrol engine develops 120 HP at 6,000 rpm and a torque of 156 Nm (15.9 kgm) at 4,400 rpm. Ideal for city driving and winding roads, the new engine has been developed with a particular emphasis on performance and fuel consumption. This is due to a variable timing system which contributes to ensuring optimum torque and power at any speed. The New Sedici equipped in this way has a top speed of 185 km/h and goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.7 seconds combined with fuel consumption of 5.2 l/100 km in the extra-urban cycle, 6.2 l/100 km in the mixed cycle and 7.9 l/100 km in the urban cycle (the figures for the 4x4 version are 175 km/h, 11.5 seconds, 5.9 l/100 km, 6.5 l/100 km and 9.2 l/100 km). Thus, a brilliant engine and economical at the same time.

Italian elegance and style

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The new Sedici is without doubt a car with great personality: in fact, it combines the intelligent solutions of a rational structure with 100% Italian design that preserves the elegance of profiles and fluidity of form, both inside and out. The biggest stylistic changes are on the front, which has been renewed in perfect harmony with the Fiat family feeling introduced with the Grande Punto and Bravo models. In fact, it now has a larger front with new “off-road” protection and fog lights with new chromed frames that emphasise the front and enrich the imposing bumpers, lending the vehicle greater elegance and refinement in terms of detail.

More specifically, the new bumpers provide greater strength: in fact, the lower part calls to mind that of a large bull-bar countersunk in the panel. Between the two headlamps, now there is a new grill that preserves, in all its treatments, the family feeling present throughout the entire Fiat range while the fog lights, enclosed by a special trim, give a sense of protection. The combination of these elements helps support the entire front section, which visibly seems capable of overcoming any obstacle and integrates seamlessly with the rest of the vehicle.

The stylistic changes were completed with the introduction of two new bodywork colours (pearly white and a new grey tone) and the adoption of new 16” alloy rims with 205/60 R16 tyres that help make the vehicle more energetic, dynamic and sporty (standard on Emotion and Experience, optional for the Dynamic model). Among other things, it should be pointed out that the new model comes in 8 bodywork colours, all aimed at elevating the vehicle’s design, which is lively and visibly distinctive.

Therefore, the New Sedici differs from the current SUVs thanks to its elegant profile, innovatively styled lights, the uniqueness of the movement of the waist line, the harmonious rear and the strength provided by its side inserts. In short, we are talking about a vehicle that is unique in its field, which combines sportiness with elegance evident in the modern flawless style, with a long, sloping bonnet that fully expresses its power and sportiness with powerful wings and exposed wheel arches. The rear and side glasses start bending downward then launch dynamically towards the top embracing the back: the feeling is one of an agile feline ready to jump. The large, luminous roof, with the characteristic rear pillar, projects this strength towards the front where the distinctive light clusters stand out with their seductive forms and modern, hi-tech elements. Finally, the generous side strips provide protection during both uncommon trips and when manoeuvring through crowded cities.

In addition to the original style, the dimensions of the New Sedici also make it one of the most original vehicles in its segment. Measuring 411 cm in length, 176 cm in width, 162 cm in height, with a 250 cm wheelbase, it’s one of the most compact SUVs in the category, which, for the customer, translates to greater manageability, especially in urban environments

The New Sedici has been renewed in terms of its interior fitting. The instrument panel is more modern with a new centrally positioned display.
The HI-FI system, now equipped with 8 speakers, has been enhanced with another central speaker on the dashboard (standard on all versions) which improves the sound quality, increasing the pitch of the sound stream and the spatiality.

In addition, the New Sedici console offers a new digital climate control display (only available in the Emotion and Experience versions) located beneath the radio system. In this way, the customer can constantly keep the temperature inside the compartment under control and regulate its distribution and air flow speed. For safer night-time driving, from today, both steering wheel radio controls and those for head light levelling are back-lit.

A new technical fabric has been introduced for the upholstery - alternate frames with a shiny/opaque effect available in the Dynamic version. The most demanding customers can choose from two leather interiors in black or natural leather. In addition, the New Sedici seats are comfortable, ergonomic and safe and can be adjusted to different positions quickly and with minimal effort.

“Off-road” character for leisure time

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The Sedici model comes in 4x2 and 4x4 wheel drive to satisfy all needs of both those who prefer front-wheel drive transmission together with the SUV look for practical city driving, and those who desire four wheel drive transmission to overcome any obstacle the road throws up, without compromise.

In particular, the four wheel drive version uses an electronically controlled 4x4 wheel drive system which enables variable torque to be distributed over the front and rear wheels. More specifically, the New Sedici has been fitted with an “on-demand” 4x4 system with a centre differential and 3 operating modes - which combines genuine off-road performance with the driving comfort of a road car. In fact, it represents a synthesis of the four wheel and front wheel drive transmissions and, therefore, makes best use of the strengths of each. For this reason, in normal conditions the system behaves like a two wheel drive vehicle, with the advantage of lower fuel consumption and low emissions; by contrast, in poor road conditions with low grip, the system acts like a 4x4 wheel drive transmission, automatically regulating the distribution of torque between the front and rear axle, thus increasing the level of the vehicle’s safety.

At the heart of this new transmission system is the electromagnetically operated dry multi-plate clutch coupling system that modulates the transfer of torque based on the traction demands. In detail, the electrical impulse that generates the magnetic field for coupling the discs is received when the ABS sensors detect relative slip levels between the front and rear wheels. The New Sedici makes it possible to switch from “2WD” to “4WD” transmission quickly and easily: in fact, you just need to push a button on the dashboard to select one of the three operating modes (“2WD”, “AUTO” and “LOCK”), with no need for a separate gear lever. In detail, in "2WD” only the front wheels transmit torque. The 4x4 system is not engaged and there are no "dissipative" effects. This mode is more suited to normal driving conditions (dry roads) and to obtain lower fuel consumption.

The second function is “AUTO”: in the majority of conditions, torque is transmitted to the front wheels. The distribution of torque between the front and rear is controlled automatically. The system supplies optimum torque to the rear wheels when the sensors detect low grip, or in anticipation of a loss in traction (for example, when accelerating).

Finally, in “LOCK” mode, the distribution of torque is locked to ensure prompt and stable take-off in extreme conditions (sand, mud and snow). In this mode, the torque distribution ratio is 50/50 between the front and rear axles. This torque split is maintained up to speeds of 60 km/h, above which the system reverts to “Auto” mode to guarantee a more comfortable drive.

Thanks to this special 4x4 wheel drive transmission and a minimum ground clearance of 19cm, the new model, when needed, is even able to handle rough and difficult terrain, as demonstrated by the angle of "incidence" of 20° (the maximum rear angle that can be handled by an off-road vehicle without the body touching the ground).

Safety and comfort in a "compact" vehicle

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The appearance of the New Sedici gives the impression of a vehicle with an elegant design but at the same time solid, reliable and robust: something that is borne out by the design measures implemented to produce the model. Starting with a body designed in line with the most modern standards for the purpose of impact resistance: a rigid compartment to protect passengers and equipped with high absorption level zones on the exterior parts. In addition, in the field of preventive safety, the New Sedici offers an ideal driving set-up that never tires on long journeys; perfectly legible instruments thanks to the new white lighting of the instrument panel and buttons that are easy to reach and activate; the compartment is quiet, the visibility excellent, and the climate control and internal and external lighting are effective. Features that not only guarantee high levels of wellness inside the car, but improve the driver’s attention and therefore complete control in all road conditions.

In the field of active safety, the new vehicle includes an effective braking system, prompt and progressive that uses ventilated 280 mm front discs, and at the back, an important development has been introduced; 220 mm drum brakes have been replaced by new 280 mm disc brakes. In addition, to guarantee greater vehicle control, the sophisticated Electronic Stability Program (ESP) is available in the Fiat Sedici on request, a system that intervenes in conditions approaching the limit, when vehicle stability is at risk, and assists the driver in controlling the car. Furthermore, the ESP is combined with an electronically controlled active differential, in addition to a latest generation braking system with ABS complete with EBD brake distributor. The latter distributes the braking action over the four wheels, in order to stop the rear wheels locking and ensuring a balanced vehicle response in all conditions. In addition, it adapts the functioning of the system in line with the wheel grip conditions and brake pad efficiency. And finally, it reduces the temperature of the front brakes and thrust required to the brake servo.

Finally, in order to ensure maximum passive safety, the new model offers up to 6 airbags - 2 at the front, 2 side airbags and 2 window-bags - all controlled by an electronic control unit that assesses the severity of impact through sensors, calibrated through a series of crash tests conducted at the test centre. Furthermore, front seatbelts with pre-tensioner and load limiter, rear three-point seatbelts, energy absorbing steering wheel and ISOFIX fastenings on rear seats are all standard.

Therefore, a safe and reliable vehicle that also guarantees a very smooth and accurate drive, brilliant road holding and the highest level of passenger comfort. Due, in particular, to suspensions that ensure the dynamic behaviour of the vehicle of the higher segment. For the front, an independent McPherson type wheel solution was chosen while the rear suspension was fitted with wheels connected by a torsion beam. The latter solution combines the traditional benefits of a simple and rational scheme from a weight and size viewpoint with performances in terms of comfort and weather handling obtainable only through hi-tech suspension systems. The 205/60 R 16 tyres also contribute to the excellent road handling of the New Sedici, which attain a better balance between handling and comfort and off-road (on non-asphalt surfaces) and "winter" (on snow-covered surfaces) performances. In the top of the range versions, Emotion and Experience, the 16" alloy rims are new.

Range (Italian market)

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The New Sedici offers a range of vehicles that has something for everyone, equipped with all the devices that a modern car can have, including those that were, up until recently, reserved for higher-end vehicles. Therefore, having finally mastered the "spartan off-road" concept, the first version of the New Sedici (Dynamic) offers as standard the most requested features in this market segment: manual climate control, radio with CD player, remote control central locking, electric front windows, electronically controlled door mirrors, height-adjustable steering wheel, 60/40 split-folding rear seats and passenger side backrest pocket. In addition, a range of important safety devices come as standard: from fog lights to front and side airbags, ABS complete with EBD, Isofix fastenings, the key with “immobilizer”, the deadlock system. As far the exterior is concerned, the first version of the Fiat Sedici is distinguished by the black longitudinal bars and the specially designed 16" hub caps. Finally, the interior compartment offers renewed and elegant upholstery in a technical grey-coloured fabric.

On the other hand, for those who want an even richer vehicle, the Emotion version is available, which adds a sand-coloured stainless steel trim, special internal chrome finishes, electric rear windows, driver’s seat complete with manually adjustable height and Luxury Pack which includes: automatic climate control with a new digital display and leather steering wheel complete with radio controls. As far the exterior goes, the new Sedici Emotion is distinguished by the grey longitudinal bars and 16" alloy rims (205/60 R16), protective shields on the bumpers, mirrors and external handles the same colour as the bodywork.

And finally, compared with the Emotion version, the third specification (Experience) also offers leather seats, tinted windows, ESP and window bags. Not forgetting that, in addition to the standard elements, valuable optionals can be chosen: worthy of mention are the Easy-Go door opening system and innovative 3D map Navigator, with touchscreen, DVD reader, 40 Gb hard disk and SD card slot.

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