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Fiat claims 40% of parts are new, although the car’s styling refresh is subtle

The facelifted Fiat 500L has been revealed, with overhauled components and specs.

Three variants remain, but are now named Urban, Cross and Wagon; the first being the standard car, Cross being a more off-road friendly version with added ground clearance and styling tweaks, and the Wagon model being the seven-seat extended version, replacing the Fiat 500 MPW. The Cross takes over from the Trekking. 

Fiat claims that 40% of the car’s components are new, with the inclusion of automatic emergency braking and the availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto amongst the most notable of additions, as well as completely new interiors.

Three drive modes are also now selectable on the Cross variant: Normal, Traction+ and Gravity Control. The Cross’s ride height is also 25mm higher than its siblings’, and it gets the usual raft of rugged exterior trim such as skidplates and cladding.

The seven-seat Wagon focuses on versatility and space; Fiat claims that 1500 configurations are available for the car’s interior, while boot space is the largest in the 500L range, at 638 litres in five-seat configuration or 416 with the rearmost seats in place. Fiat also claims that this is class-leading, despite 500L Wagon’s status as the smallest seven-seat MPV on the market, at 4.38m long. 

Engines have also been overhauled: 1.4-litre 16V and TJet petrol units provide 94bhp and 118bhp respectively, while a 104bhp Twinair two-cylinder completes the petrol range. The 1.3-litre 94bhp and 118bhp 1.6-litre Multijet diesel engines remain, and are Euro 6 emissions compliant. 

First deliveries are expected to take place in September, with an entry-level price of £16,195 for the 94bhp 1.4 16V Urban model in Popstar trim; a negligible increase in price of £165.


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Bob Cat Brian 23 May 2017

'All new interior'... photos of interior shown.
abkq 23 May 2017

Like the Mini, it may be ok

Like the Mini, it may be ok for Fiat to do a lifestyle hatchback as a tribute to the original iconic model. But both companies spawn a whole range of models from one car, and the result is a visual disaster. For Fiat it may be a commercial disaster as well. I don't recall seeing many 500L
catnip 23 May 2017

I saw quite a few of these

I saw quite a few of these when they first came out, and I think 'Car share' upped the profile a bit, but I've hardly seen any newly registered ones. Maybe the update will get peoples' interest, though it does look more beady-eyed than before.