Fiat Previews the All-New 500L Ahead of Geneva Show
Working on its plans to expand its lineup of the 500 series, the Italian automobile manufacturer Fiat is now all set to add another feather to its cap. The company has released the first official image of its very new 500L. The car will make its official world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March and will arrive to the U.S. soil in the early next.
The fourth addition to the Fiat 500 family is the biggest of the rest of its members with L signifying Large. The car measures 13.6 feet in length, 5.8 feet in width, and 5.4 feet high. The Fiat 500L can accommodate 5 passengers however a seven seater version for the European market is on the cards too. The car according to the 500L offers ‘MPV passenger space combined with the feel of a small SUV on the road.’
Fiat offers its customers two gasoline units and a turbodiesel unit. These include company’s two-cylinder TwinAir and 1.4-litre units and a 1.3 MultiJet II oil-burner. The American versions are likely to come exclusively with the 1.4-liter MultiAir unit that will churn out more power than the 101 horsepower and 98 pound-feet of torque given by the current 500.
The new Fiat 500L will be manufactured at Fiat’s Serbian plant in Kragujevac. The car when goes on sale will compete against the likes of Ford’s Fiesta-based EcoSport, Buick Encore and MINI Cooper Countryman. Complete details are expected around the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.