The Musa, is another 'mini-MPV' from Italy, based heavily on the Fiat Idea. A conventional front-wheel-drive car, it is powered by four-cylinder 16v petrol (1.2 and 1.4-litres) and turbodiesel (1.3 and 1.9 JTD MultiJet) engines mounted transversely at the front. Mechanically the only noteworthy point is the new DFN 'Dolce Far Niente' semi-automatic transmission, which combines automatic and sequential operating modes by having a manual gearbox with hydraulic actuation. The award winning 1.3 16v MultiJet turbo diesel is also worth mention, an ultra-compact leading edge 16v 1248cc turbocharged unit.
The design borrows heavily from the Ypsilon (which it actually shares its headlights with) both at the front and rear, which results in a very attractive vehicle. Whilst mechanically conventional, the interior is where this product excels and sets new standards, both in design and materials. It is exceptionally roomy and versatile, with room for five adults and their luggage, whilst the adaptability is derived from the rear seats which slide, fold and recline independently (the seat base is split 40/60 and the back 40/20/20, the centre 20 also serving as an armrest) and the front passenger seat which folds to form a table. Numerous storage opportunities are provided and the whole vehicle can be tailored to the use required of it.
The materials used also follow the luxurious trend set by recent Lancia, with Alcantara, leather and mixed interiors available, all very well put together and complemented by chrome detailing and pleasant to touch plastics.
Making life on board comfortable are all the extras one could wish for, such as dual-zone climate control, parking and rain sensors and a plethora of other features which electronically assist you. As would be expected, safety features highly on the agenda, with ABS with EBD, six airbags, seatbelt pretensioners etc all standard. ESP and even a hill-holder system (designed to aid hill starts without rolling backwards) can also be specified.
The Musa was first shown to the public at Geneva in March 2004 and went on sale in various markets around Europe in the summer of that year.
Lancia Musa film (4.8 MB) : See the Musa at the 2004 Paris Motorshow from all angles.
Driveline transverse engine at front with front wheel drive Engines 1368cc (72x84mm) 16v 4 cylinder dohc with 95bhp @ 5,800rpm
1248cc (69.6x82mm) 16v 4 cylinder dohc turbo diesel with 70bhp @ 4,000rpm
1910cc (82x90.4mm) 8v 4 cylinder sohc turbo diesel with 100bhp @ 4,000rpm
Suspension front : MacPherson strut with telescopic dampers and coil springs plus anti-roll bar
rear : trailing beam
track (front/rear) : 1434mm/1424mm
wheelbase : 2510mm
Brakes front : discs, 257mm ventilated (1.9 MultiJet, 284mm ventilated)
rear : drums, 203mm (1.9 MultiJet 228mm)
handbrake operating on the rear via a cable
Gearbox 5 speed manual or 'Dualogic' sequential/automatic (clutchless) Steering Rack and Pinion with electric power assistance Dimensions Click here
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