Fiat releases the first official video starring the 500L, the longer version of the popular 500 city car which will be officially unveiled at the imminent Geneva Motor Show. The ‘L’ in its name in fact stands for ‘Large’, underlining the model most distinctive feature: measuring 4.14 meters in length, 1.78 meters in width and in 1.66 meters in height, the 500L is actually considerably bigger than the car it derives from, also boasting an outstanding 400 litres of trunk capacity. Fiat would like it to be a perfect combination of 500’s dynamic style with the benefits of a large car, and it is pretty obvious that the crown now held by the Mini Countryman is what they had in mind since the beginning.
Under the bonnet we will find Fiat’s usual engine line-up: initially the model will be available with the well known 1.4-litre and 0.9-litre TwinAir petrol units as well as the 1.3-litre MultiJet II diesel unit, although more option might become available at a later time. The 500L styling was designed at the Fiat’s Centro Stile (Style Center) according to their ‘Simply More’ philosophy, retrieving some elements that we had already seen in the past in models such as the Fiat 600 Multipla of the mid-50s.
One of the most interesting features of the 500L is its glazing, which goes all around the vehicle with as little ‘interruption’ from the pillars as possible. Fiat claims that this solution will help drivers when parking the car by providing an overall better visual around the car. The Fiat 500L will be available with a range of 30 different color choices for its livery.
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