Sharing only its name with its predecessor, the new Ulysse was released at the 2002 Geneva Motorshow. It is again the result of a joint venture with PSA, with the Lancia Phedra being the other Fiat Group version.
A large MPV, the new Ulysse has grown in size from the earlier version, and has also gained many more features. It still seats five to eight people in two or three rows and can be fitted with swivelling front seats (click here to see the seating arrangements possible). The two rear doors are sliding and are now also available with electric opening if required. Advances in interior design see various storage options including 3 closed and 1 open compartment, 11 glass/can holders, 4 bottle holders, a centre console coolbox, 4 compartments for maps/magazines, 2 under-seat drawers, a rubbish bin and an umbrella holder !
A bizone climate control system also offers separate vents for the rear passengers (with their own controls in some version), whilst an active carbon filter tries to keep out most of the pollution in our atmosphere.
The engines comprise two petrol units, a 2.0-litre 16V (136bhp) and a 3.0-litre V6 (204bhp) and two JTD diesels, a 2.0-litre 16V (109bhp) and a 2.2-litre 16V (128bhp) , both with turbocharging and common rail direct injection. All the engines bar the 2.2 JTD are available with a four-speed automatic gearbox, whilst only the V6 cannot be purchased with a five-speed manual. The suspension continues the layout of the earlier model, with MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam at the rear.
Safety features highly on the vehicle, with six airbags, ABS with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), ASR (wheelspin control) and ESP (Electronic stability control). Xenon headlights provide for safer night-time driving, Isofix attachments allow for childseat fixing and electric safety locks are provided on all doors.
Initially the range comprises three trim levels, the basic Ulysse, the Ulysse Dynamic (which adds 7 seats plus an automatic climate control system) and the Ulysse Emotion which is fully loaded with electrical and electronic gadgets.
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Engines 1997cc (85x88mm) 4 in-line 16V dohc with 136bhp @ 6,000rpm
2946cc (87x82.6mm) V6 quad-cam with 204bhp @ 6,000rpm
1997cc (85x88mm) 4 in-line 16V dohc turbo diesel with 109bhp @ 4,000rpm
2179cc (85x96mm) 4 in-line 16V dohc turbo diesel with 128bhp @ 4,000rpm
Suspension front : MacPherson strut with telescopic dampers and coil springs plus anti-roll bar
rear : torsion beam with telescopic dampers and coil springs plus panhard rod
wheelbase : 2823mm
track (front/rear) : 1570mm/1548mm
Brakes front : discs, ventilated, diameter 285mm (310mm on V6)
rear : discs, diameter 272mm
handbrake operating on the rear via a cable
ABS with EBD standard
Gearbox 5 speed manual (except V6)
4 speed automatic (standard on V6, optional on both 2.0-litre engines)
Steering Rack and pinion with power assistance Dimensions Length/Width/Height : 4719mm/1863mm/1752mm Kerb Weight 1645kg (2000 petrol), 1837kg (V6)
1736kg (2000 diesel), 1783kg (2200 diesel)
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