Fiat 500 range set to grow from February with new five and seven-seat MPVs and rugged crossovers
Mark Tisshaw
29 October 2012

The UK will get four new variants of the Fiat 500 over the next 12 months, starting with the launch of the 500L in February.

This five-seat compact MPV will be followed in September by a seven-seater (tagged 500XL in development), a rugged 500L Trekking by the end of 2013 and, in spring 2014, a 500X crossover to take on the Mini Countryman.

The 500XL is described by insiders as a “further development of the 500L”. It will be “longer and wider” and sit beside its smaller sister car just as the Ford Grand C-Max and Ford C-Max do.

The biggest Fiat 500 variant yet is expected to be launched at the Geneva motor show in March, but is not expected to carry the 500XL label due to the potential for confusion with the 500X.

The Trekking will have a raised ride height, rugged body cladding and electronic traction control to give it some of the off-road abilities of an all-wheel drive vehicle while remaining front-drive only, much like the Panda Trekking.

The 500X was previewed at the launch of the 500L in the summer, but Fiat has yet to announce its Countryman rival. Insiders say it is still some way off production, but is being conceived with bigger, more powerful engines and sleek crossover styling to give the 500 range its most upmarket and expansive push yet.

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29 October 2012

I find it interesting that Fiat now appears to be the ones that are doing well, whilst GM is struggling. How the tables turn!

I really do wish Fiat all the best. They are good looking cars and it's about time the marketplace was shook up a little! It's a shame they can't bring some of the same styling across the rest of the Fiat range.  

 

29 October 2012

It looks like a revamped Panda?

29 October 2012

Interesting to see how Fiat 500 family gets bigger. Now in America they will show the electric version, the 500E. For this information or everything related to Fiat-Chrysler group come to my blog:

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29 October 2012

They should just introduce these as regular Fiat models and forget about the 500 moniker.

30 October 2012

The 500 is Fiat's most successful model in decades; Fiat is absolutely right in exploiting its popularity.

Remember, these (and the current 500) are not enthusiasts' cars. They're for the masses, the car-as-appliance-or-style-statement market.

13 December 2012

for a small car the new 500s look great no wonder they're a big seller.  Buy Steroids I'd be proud to own one.

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