Fiat testing Ertiga and Mobilio rival Doblo MPV in India
First unveiled at the 2000 Paris Motor Show, the latest generation of Fiat Doblo van has been caught testing in India. Spotted testing in Pune, near Fiat India’s Ranjangaon plant, the new Doblo MPV is offered in both 5 and 7 seater options.
Though caught on test, Fiat India has confirmed that they have no plans of launching an MPV in 2014. In a mail to Rush Lane, Fiat India have stated that they will be launching four new cars this year, of which one has been launched already – the new Fiat Linea. This will be followed by the launch of Fiat Punto facelift, Avventura and finally 500 Abarth. These cars will be launched in June, August and December respectively.
So what is the Doblo doing in India? Considering that the demand for MPVs have risen sharply over the last few years, it is very much possible that Fiat is testing the Doblo for a launch in the future, probably by 2015.
The latest generation of Doblo is available in a range of engines, including the 1.4l FIRE petrol and 1.3l MultiJet diesel, both of which are currently manufactured in India. This makes it even more tempting for Fiat India to launch the Doblo in the country.
Dimensions of Fiat Doblo stand at 4253 mm in length, 1831 mm in height, 2583 mm wheelbase and 1722 mm wide. This means, that the Doblo is wider, taller and longer than the Maruti Ertiga, which is currently the best selling MPV in the segment.
All these points indicate that Fiat has a ready-to-serve product at their disposal in the form of Doblo. Only time will tell if the Doblo will be launched in India or not. But considering the stats above, Fiat Doblo will be a worthy competitor to Honda Mobilio and Maruti Ertiga.
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