Fiat took the wraps off its new 500L ahead of the five-door's official debut at the L.A. Auto Show. The new model, which will begin sales next year as a 2014 model, is 26 inches longer and six inches taller and wider than the company's iconic 500, its first model on its relaunch in North America. The result is a crossover with 42 percent more interior room than the 3-door 500.
The 500L will be powered by a revised version of the turbocharged 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo four-cylinder engine that powers the 500 Abarth and Dodge Dart, delivering 160hp and 184 lb-ft in 500L guise. Both a 6-speed manual or dual-clutch transmission will be available.
"The all-new Fiat 500L the reach of the Fiat brand in North America and will keep our customers within the brand as their lifestyle needs expand," said Tim Kuniskis, head of Fiat North America - Chrysler Group LLC. "Those who love the style and performance that only the Italians can create, can now enjoy space for five, functionality, practicality and value. The Fiat 500L is the whole package, and it now brings its unique flavor to the American market."
The Fiat 500L will be available in standard and upscale "Trekking" configurations. Trekking models like the one shown here will feature an "athletic two-tone interior environment, unique front and rear fascia designs, flared wheel arches and larger 17-inch wheels to support its adventurous personality," Fiat says.