This is the first picture of the seven-seat Fiat 500XL, reportly taken inside Fiat’s factory. The photo, which leaked onto an internet forum shows a stretched version of the Fiat 500L with longer rear quarterlights.

Internet reports suggest the 500XL is 200m longer than the 500L, and offers seating for seven.

The 500XL had previously been described to Autocar by insiders as a “further development of the 500L”. It will be sold alongside the 500L and positioned in a similar way to the Ford C-Max/Grand C-Max and Renault Scenic/Grand Scenic.

No official information has been revealed, but the new Fiat 500 variant is expected to mirror the 500L’s engine line-up, which includes the 105bhp 0.9-litre TwinAir and 95bhp 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and a 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel.

The Fiat 500XL will be the third bodystyle in the Fiat 500 range. A 500 Trekking will launch next year and will mirror the Panda 4x4’s jacked-up, rugged look. The 500XL crossover will launch in early 2014 and rival the Mini Countryman.