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Fiat says its revised platform can underpin minivans, crossovers and compact SUVs

Revisions were made on the Fiat platform that is used by the Fiat Punto and Alfa Romeo MiTo subcompacts so that it can underpin minivans, compact SUVs and crossovers, according to a company executive. Mauro Pierallini, the head of product development for Fiat's Europe, Middle East and Africa regions, said that this platform, which Fiat refers to as Small, may underpin vehicles as long as 4.4 meters.

They could accommodate gasoline engines with displacements up to 2.4-liters, broadening its coverage to the compact segment. The debut of the revised Small architecture will be on the 500L small minivan which starts selling in Italy at the end of this week, prized from 15,500 euros. Fiat will start to offer the 500L in the U.S. next summer.

During an event to launch the 500L near Milan, Pierallini said that this architecture is created for front-wheel-drive and for four-wheel-drive. The latter has also been designed for trail-rated eventual applications for the Jeep brand.

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