The Fiat 500L - the latest addition to the Fiat 500 range - has received its debut in Geneva
6 March 2012

The Fiat 500L - the latest addition to the Fiat 500 range - has received its debut at the Geneva motor show. The 500L - meaning 'Large' - will go on sale in early 2013.

At 4140mm long, 1780mm wide and 1660mm high, the new five-seat 500L is 594mm longer, 153mm wider and 172mm taller than the standard Fiat 500 hatchback. According to Fiat, the 500L offers ‘MPV passenger space combined with the feel of a small SUV on the road.’

From launch, the Fiat 500L will be available with the choice of two petrol engines and one diesel. These include Fiat’s two-cylinder TwinAir and 1.4-litre units and a 1.3 MultiJet II oil-burner.

Like the Fiat 600 Multipla produced between 1956 and 1965, the 500L adopts the Multipla’s 'cab forward' design, which pushes the driver compartment forwards over the front axle to maximise interior space.

The new Fiat 500L will be produced at Fiat’s Serbian plant in Kragujevac.

Our Verdict

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The Fiat 500 is a small, cheap, utilitarian car that has become an icon

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2 February 2012

It's a Panda with a 500 nose! ;-))

I know it is more than that but on just a brief glance but it could be mistaken as such. The question has to be, is it too close to it's sibling?

Arguably more successful stylistically than the expanded versions of the Mini though.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

2 February 2012

i think it looks awful!

2 February 2012

Bizarrely, I like it. I thought they'd ruin the 500's uniqueness. Only thing I'm not sure of is the side profile window line... Mini Countryman much?! Otherwise it's a quirky addition to the sector. Still not sure if calling it 500L is the right move though.

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

2 February 2012

Adorable!!!!

Love it, injects some 'want one' factor into the sectort. Honestly, on looks alone this is much more desirable than a Vauxhall Meriva or the Ford B-Max while i am sure being massively cheaper than the bloated Country man.

Twinair please! I wish I need the space!

Competance executes, character inspires

2 February 2012

Mini1 is right - should be called the 600 or something...

Rumours in North America are that Europe will get a 7 seat version?!

2 February 2012

Is it just me or is there more than a hint of Mini Countryman about the rear 3/4 view?

2 February 2012

Ridiculous! How can you call this a 500, its huge! The creator of the original must be spinning in his grave!

2 February 2012

[quote adam2853]Honestly, on looks alone this is much more desirable than a Vauxhall Meriva or the Ford B-Max[/quote]Have to agree there - at least it's a bit different. There are so many Merivas around that they go unnoticed now. And some of the Countrymans you see should be outlawed full stop!

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

2 February 2012

I am not sure if i would call it odd or interesting. I wonder about those front quarterlights, are they big enough to see though or does it just look like a huge blindspot from the drivers seat?

In a way it reminds me of the Citroen C3 Picasso, but overall i still prefer the styling of the Picasso, despite it being quite old these days.

As its so much bigger than the 500, what is its size and mass going to do to the already dubious economy of the twinair?

2 February 2012

[quote catnip]Ridiculous! How can you call this a 500, its huge![/quote]Would've been a different reaction if they'd called it the 600, perhaps? I do think they should've called it something else. It's like what Mini are doing with the Countryman, and Citroen with the DS line... they need to seriously think about their branding and how people are going to perceive naming strategies. I think 600 (or Multipla even, seeing as they're no longer selling it) would've been better.

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

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