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2013-07-09 14:05

A SMALL, BIGGY: The 500l Living is one of two models being added to the 500 range. This one is for for the family. Image: Newspress

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Mini move over with your Clubman models because Fiat has taken the word "wagon" to a whole new level with the addition of the Living model.

The Fiat 500 is a little car, compact and cute, but the extra-large or XL model - as it is known outside Europe - is a monster... on steroids. Known as the Living model or the Magic Purpose Wagon (MPW), its name is rather fitting if its looks are anything to go by.

Two models will join the Fiat 500L line-up in the form of the Living and Trekking models - sadly, or not, they won't be coming to SA except for the 500L. The latter will join the 500 and 500C models in the local range.

The 500L Living is for those customers looking for a "balance between functionality and design, with flexibility of use and space for a range of interests, with no need to compromise on style".

Fiat says the MPW has all the charm of a 500, the agility and compactness of a mid-sized car, the comfort and content of a C-segment station wagon and the space and versatility of an MPV.

With the addition of the third row of seats, the new vehicle is the most compact '5+2-seater' MPV in its category. It’s 4.35m long, 1.78m wide and 1.67m high.

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It might be huge but it’s still 20cm shorter than the average C-segment station wagon. Boot space is plenty with a 638 litre load capacity, and then some.

At launch, the Fiat 500L Living will be equipped with a petrol engine - the 78kW 0.9 TwinAir Turbo - as well as two turbodiesels: the 78kW 1.6 MultiJet2 and the 62kW 1.3 MultiJet2, the latter also with automatic transmission.

The range includes two trim levels: Pop Star and Lounge, both with five or seven seats, 19 body colours (including 11 two-tone combinations) and six interior trims to choose from. More options include 15 types of alloys and hub caps, making for 282 possible combinations.

Comfort optional treats include leather, satnav and a rear camera to assist when reversing .

The Fiat 500L Living will be built in Serbia. Orders will be open from July in Italy before it is extended to other European countries.
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