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5-door Fiat 500L to be released in North America

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November 29, 2012

The Fiat 500L, as spied by Gizmag at the LA Auto Show this week

The Fiat 500L, as spied by Gizmag at the LA Auto Show this week

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The 5-door Fiat 500L was first revealed back in February of this year, and now we're finally seeing more of the plus-sized version of Fiat's popular 500. The 500L made its U.S. debut this week at the LA Auto Show, which coincided with Fiat's announcement that the vehicle will be available in North America as of the middle of next year. The automaker also released more details about exactly what the larger version brings to the table.

The L in its name stands for large, and Fiat has announced exactly how much larger the new version is. It comes with 26 inches (66 cm) more length, and six inches (15 cm) more height and width. Overall, the car adds 42 percent more interior space. It's designed to comfortably seat five people.

The 500L comes with a 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine that boasts 160 horsepower. Comparatively, the Mini Cooper Countryman S comes with a 1.6L turbocharged engine pushing 181 horsepower. In terms of engine size to power, that puts the Fiat in a good position. There are two 6-speed transmission offerings, the first of which is a manual, and the second of which is a dual dry clutch transmission.

The Fiat 500L Trekking
The Fiat 500L Trekking

Fiat also used the auto show to premiere the Trekking version of the 500L, which shakes things up on the exterior and offers a more rugged look. It adds 17-inch wheels, a different front and rear fascia, and flared wheel arches. On the inside, it comes with a two-tone interior, designed to change the look up a bit from the standard 500L. The Trekking also gets the choice of a 5-inch or 6.5-inch Uconnect system installed, which includes a touchscreen interface, hands-free calling, and Bluetooth-streaming audio.

Fiat hasn't revealed pricing for the 500L and 500L Trekking, but did state that the new models will reach North America some time in mid-2013.

Source: Chrysler

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7 Comments

No diesel?

ZekeG
29th November, 2012 @ 02:55 pm PST

@Zeke G,

Modern diesels are best avoided unless you live in a country where diesel is substantially cheaper (here in the UK it is more expensive than regular petrol) and you do a high enough milage to recoup the extra expense (and this car isn't likely to be bought for very long journeys) . In UK-specific operating conditions 'Which?' magazine calculated that the average diesel car would take about 12 years to pay for itself.

Because of the European emissions standards diesel engines now come with a host of equipment such as dual-mass flywheels, diesel particulate filters (which require you to drive above a set speed for a pre-determined time to burn out the soot), and other technologies which have caused diesel reliability to plummet. Back in the 1990s diesels were usually far more reliable and long-lasting than petrol engines but not any more. I would avoid a modern diesel unless someone else, such as my employer, was paying for the maintainance.

bergamot69
30th November, 2012 @ 01:37 am PST

The 500L had certainly lost some of the charm that typified the 500. It has gone from cute to not-so IMO. But it seems sensible and practical and may be a market success.

Bruce H. Anderson
30th November, 2012 @ 08:56 am PST

@bergamot69

Maybe so, maybe so.

However, that being said, I can _make_ diesel...I can't make gasoline.

dwhiteside327
30th November, 2012 @ 11:27 am PST

dwhiteside327 if you run that homemade diesel in it NO ENGINE warranty, I know personally of a MickieBenZ R class running that stuff that ruined the engine around 8000 miles, cost him $11,000 the dealership felt sorry for him and sold the engine at dealer cost

Bill Bennett
30th November, 2012 @ 09:14 pm PST

The article quotes "There are two 6-speed transmission offerings, the first of which is a manual, and the second of which is a dual dry clutch transmission."

Is the dual dry clutch an automatic? It doesn't follow that, because it's a dual dry clutch, that it is an automatic!

HenryB
3rd December, 2012 @ 11:17 am PST

Fiat 500L rear seats are not removable like a Chrysler PT Cruiser. Huge design blunder! Thjs is a real deal breaker for many ex PT Cruiser owners.

Paul Anthony Kleppert Sr.
24th January, 2013 @ 07:31 pm PST
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