When Fiat unveiled the Fiat 500L, the larger version of the Fiat 500, at the Geneva Motor Show last month, onlookers, the media and other interested parties were not able to know how many persons the car could carry. The main reason was that Fiat did not bother to open the doors of the Fiat 500L, as the company has yet to finalize the interior of 500’s big brother.
But thanks to Roberto Giolito, head of the Fiat design centre in Turin, the puzzle has been solved! According to Giolito, the Fiat 500L that will be rolled out at the end of the 2012 in Europe -- and in February 2013 in the United Kingdom -- will be a five-seater car.
Fiat is planning to showcase the 500L’s new interiors at the Paris Show in late September. Giolito further revealed that Fiat is planning to unveil a seven-seater 500L right after the five-seater version.Seven seats may seem awkward for a small vehicle like the 500L, but Fiat has already done it with the 1957 Fiat 600 Multipla, which the company claims was the world's first multi-purpose vehicle.
The new 500L is produced to expand the target market to families, which would surely love the car’s longer, wider and taller looks as well as the ample cargo space. A customer could choose from three available trim levels -- pop, easy and lounge.
According to Fiat’s head of colours and materials, Rossella Guasco, the pop trim carries a similar package as the current 500, with a combination of metals and plastics for the trim, and comes with bold colour mixes like red and black. The easy trim, meanwhile, will have lighter and brighter colours, with “a softer feel” to the instrument panel.
The lounge is designed for elegance and bears warmer, more formal colours, and features softer micro fabrics on the seats. A customer could also opt to have his Fiat 500L installed with a full glass roof, either fixed or opening, for a full panoramic view.