The new Stilo Multi Wagon is taller than the Stilo 5-door hatchback - a feature that allows the driver's seat to be raised so as to provide easier access, greater comfort and improved, all-round visibility. Convenient access and interior flexibility have been a design priority. The 60/40 split rear seats can both slide backwards and forwards, and recline, independently. The front passenger seat also folds flat to maximise loadspace. The Multi Wagon's luggage compartment has flat sill access, and the lowest loading height in its class. Minimal wheel arch intrusion creates a regular shaped boot lining and ensures that all available space can be used to the full. The tailgate opens to above adult head-height and incorporates an independently hinged rear window. The new car's comprehensive equipment levels correspond to those of the Active and Dynamic Stilo hatchbacks, including Air Con; a new model addition offering air conditioning for just £300. All models come with Dualdrive electronic power steering, central locking with deadlocks, electric front windows, four airbags, a six-speaker stereo, ABS anti-lock brakes with EBD, multi-function remote control central locking, and 'My Car' personalisation of the car's functions. Dynamic specification adds dual zone climate control, leather steering wheel and gear lever, single slot CD player, 16" alloy wheels and Brake Assist. A wide range of options includes leather upholstery, xenon headlamps, electrically adjustable front seats, a choice of CD stereos, a full-length Sky Window louvered glass sunroof, and Fiat's innovative CONNECT telematics; an on-line system that connects the driver to an extensive range of services via a live phone link to an English speaking operator, as well as including an impressive satellite navigation system.
The Stilo Multi Wagon is an important addition to the Stilo range, satisfying the needs of potential customers who require even more space than the existing Stilo 5-door hatchback. Styling Though sharing the crisp lines and broad, purposeful front stance of the Stilo 5-door, the Multi Wagon is no afterthought estate. A bold, waist-high fold sweeps the full length of car from bonnet lip to horizontal tail-light clusters. Integral, aerodynamic, body-coloured roof rails, and tinted glass combine with door pillars finished in black to emphasise the clean homogeny of the design. Life on board The new car is 40 mm taller than the 5-door Stilo, allowing for a raised driving position and tall, generous glazing for greater all round visibility and comfort. A height-adjustable driver's seat allied to both extensive reach and rake adjustment to the steering wheel offers a comfortable, ergonomically adaptable driving position. The reclining, sliding rear seats offer full, three-point seatbelts with pretensioners and full size head restraints for three adults. The visual and tactile quality of the Stilo Multi Wagon's cabin finishes mirror those of the 5-door hatchback: The roof lining and front pillars are clad in cloth, and slush moulding of the fascia ensures an even, soft-touch surface finish throughout. A titanium paint finish picks out the door handles, gearlever, handbrake button and the surrounds to the large, clear rev counter and speedometer dominating the analogue dials and multifunction display within the driver's instrument binnacle.
Additionally, as an option, the front passenger seat may be folded forwards to form a flat work surface, or maximise carrying capacity by accommodating very long objects. Storage Extensive cabin stowage includes two dashboard compartments (the lower one cooled on air-conditioned cars), front armrest with an interior compartment, generous door pockets, two bottle holders and five cup holders. SAFETY Benefiting from 15,000 hours of computer aided design, 120 crash tests, 100 HyGe slide simulations, over 200 tests on components and sub-systems and the involvement of eight specialised suppliers, the Stilo Multi Wagon is one of the safest cars in its class. PASSIVE SAFETY State-of-the-art passive safety is provided by a chassis designed to absorb impact with maximum efficiency. No less than eight airbags are available, including two, 2-stage bags, five three-point seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters, five full size head restraints and an integrated Fire Prevention System. Front airbags The standard equipment driver and passenger front airbags can be ordered as Multistage units incorporating occupant classification sensors and designed to operate independently of each other, when they are ordered together with rear side airbags. An impact of moderate force is recognised by the system, which opens only to the first of two stages whilst, during more serious collisions, full deployment takes place. The airbags may, however, be activated independently of each other, dependent on the nature of the impact. In every case, braids inside the bags ensure maximum bag dimension and final shape are as non-invasive as possible for occupants. The front passenger airbag may be deactivated manually via an ignition key switch on the fascia. A dashboard warning light indicates this condition. Though the pretensioner remains active, a rear facing baby seat can therefore be safely fitted. Side airbags The Fiat Stilo Multi Wagon comes with two side airbags as standard. They are located inside the seat squabs to ensure optimum efficiency regardless of occupant stature, position and seat adjustment. Two rear side airbags are optional. Side curtain airbags Full length, optional side curtain airbags, located under the roof rails, deploy to provide protection to passengers' heads in the case of side impact. Opening from top to bottom to remove the risk of secondary damage to occupants' arms on activation, the bags are faster to inflate and less invasive than comparable systems in this segment. Central control unit These comprehensive passive systems are supervised by a central control unit which constantly monitors signals from various sensors throughout the new Wagon: Two-way accelerometers and central panel sensors are responsible for activating the side and curtain airbags. A Crash Severity Algorithm identifies crash severity and controls the Multistage front airbags. An Early Crash Sensor located behind the radiator grille allows the front airbags to deploy fully even before the occupants have begun to move. And seat belt fastening detectors recognise an un-harnessed passenger, modifying the airbag deployment to compensate for the higher risk of injury and deactivating the seatbelt pretensioner.
Regardless of impact, the central control unit will not activate a passive safety system if the relevant occupant is in no danger of striking the interior. The unit will continue to function in the event of electrical system failure. ISOFIX attachments The Multi Wagon is fitted with ISOFIX attachments to guarantee the correct use of child seats. The bracket sizes and settings are to European standards to ensure the seat may be re-used in any other car. Central locking with deadlocks The new Wagon's central locking system is equipped with a range of functions that may be customised via the My Car control panel. Options include staged door unlocking, with first driver and then passenger doors unlocked by pressing the key fob remote control twice in succession, independent locking of the boot and doors, and automatic locking of both boot and doors when the car exceeds 13 mph. Deadlocks, fitted as standard across the Multi Wagon range, set the interior door handles and all lock linkages to neutral, rendering any tool used to force door and lock mechanisms ineffective. To minimise the risk of an individual being locked inside the car, the deadlocks can only be activated by a second press on the key fob remote locking button.
My Car All Multi Wagon owners will benefit from the ability to customise a number of on- board functions with 'My Car', a fast, intuitive system with a comprehensive choice of settings accessed via a control panel to the right of the steering wheel. The MODE key accesses a set-up menu which may then be scrolled through by pressing the adjacent UP and DOWN keys. Once the desired setting has been selected within any sub-menu, pressing the MODE key again for two seconds will confirm the selection. Amongst its myriad functions, 'My Car' allows the driver to disengage the driver's door lock independently of the remaining doors, to automatically re-lock the car 30 seconds after all doors are closed, to lock and unlock the tailgate independently of the doors, and to programme the automatic locking of all doors as the car pulls away. Additionally, 'My Car' allows for the regulation of a speed limit warning buzzer, the automatic, speed related volume adjustment to the stereo, the sensitivity of the dusk sensor, the repetition of radio information on the multifunction display and the activation of the single trip data computer. Cars fitted with Fiat Auto's CONNECT system display the settings menu on the unit's centre console screen, with the exception of the speed limit and dusk sensor options which are permanently viewed on the driver's multifunction screen.
The CONNECT system, located in the centre console of the Stilo Multi Wagon, is a ground-breaking, on-line system that connects the driver to an extensive range of services via either manual control or voice commands. At the heart of the system is a live telephone connection to a call centre manned by operators who, through automatic vehicle recognition, will always speak the driver's language. Operators can provide the driver with information on traffic and weather conditions en route, find a bank, book an hotel or recommend a restaurant, and will even book airline tickets on request. If necessary, they will even guide a driver step by step to a destination, send out a recovery vehicle, or jog the memory over diary appointments and anniversaries. Information on a requested destination is transmitted by the operator to the Wagon's CONNECT system and displayed in the form of an icon on the screen. This information may then be opened, stored in the unit's directory, or entered directly into the satellite navigation system for immediate guidance. In the case of a restaurant or hotel, the operator can either make reservations at the driver's request or furnish a phone number for future reference. Two levels of CONNECT system are available: * CONNECT NAV is fitted with a 192x80 pixel LCD graphic display. It includes an RDS radio with CD and MP3 music file playing functions, a trip computer, Dual Band GSM phone with hands-free operation and WAP Internet access, GPS independent navigation using pictograms and an SOS button linked to the Contact Centre for receiving information and assistance. The system can also control an optional Blaupunkt 5-disc CD changer, if fitted. 2b1af7f3a8