Fiat goes large with next 500

2013-03-01 17:11

ROME, Italy - Fiat has made an addition to its 500 family with the launch of the 500L.

The Italian automaker says its new model is “designed for customers who want a car that combines the 500’s unique personality with more practicality and size".


The Fiat 500L has three trim levels  (Pop Star, Easy and Lounge) with four engine options: 1.4 , the 875cc TwinAir Turbo petrol and diesel 1.3 (with manual and auto) and 1.6 MultiJet 2.

Andreas Wuppinger, chief of exterior design, told Wheels24 in a news release: “We asked ourselves how we could create large and usable internal space and some emotion into a limited external size. Starting with the experience gained from the 500, we tried to transfer the same imagination to the new car, accentuating the concept of versatility.”

The result is a car that’s longer than a Fiat Punto and as wide as a Bravo yet retains the exterior look of the 500.

The Fiat 500L is 4.1m long (80mm longer than the Fiat Punto) and 1.7m wide.  The model’s roof is 6cm higher, Fiat says, than an Opel Meriva and its 400-litre boot has 50 litres more space than a Volkswagen Golf.


All models come with remote-activated central locking, power side mirrors, touchscreen radio controls and power front windows. Other accessories include a steel clothes-hook, a special PC bag, an iPod holder and even key covers in your choice of 13 colours.

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The 500L will become the first standard production car that we know of to offer an espresso machine in its dashboard. In collaboration with Lavazza, Fiat has devised a unique deck that allows the coffeemaker to be fitted in the cabin.

The entry-level 500L has a 1.4 quad-valve Fire petrol engine capable of 70kW at 6000rpm and 127Nm at 4500rpm. Fuel consumption is listed as 5.2 litres/100km, CO2 emissions of 145g/km.

The new 78kW 0.9-litre turbo is the latest evolution of the TwinAir engine. The 78kW/ 145Nm two-cylinder unit turns a six-speed manual gearbox. As with other TwinAir engines, the Fiat 500L has an ECO mode that limits torque to 120Nm and power to 73kW.

The result is a Euro 6 engine with top-class fuel consumption of four litres/100km on the EU test cycle along with CO2 emissions of 112g/km - below the SA tax schedule.

The 1.3-litre MultiJet 2 develops its 63kW at 3500rpm, maximum torque of 200Nm at 1500rpm and returns, Fiat says, 3.5 litres/10km with emissions of 110g/km of CO2.

A five-speed 'Manual Transmission Automated' is also available with the 1.3 diesel engine. It can be left to control the changes itself or the driver can stirl things by pushing or pulling back on the gearlever.

The top-of-the-range 500L uses the 1.6-litre MultiJet 2 turbodiesel capable of 78kW at 3750rpm and 320Nm at 1750rpm. Fuel consumption here is listed as 3.7 litres/100km and has an emissions rating of 117g/km.

Fiat is also introducing 'City Brake Control' on its small-car range. By sending laser impulses and registering how quickly they’re reflected CBC can register how far the 500L is from obstacles. If the control unit believes a collision is imminent the brakes are applied.

Only, however, up to 30km/h.

  • fredster.mania.5 - 2013-03-04 09:15

    Something fresh

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