Fiat revealed today the first images with the 500L, its brand new car set to take on the MINI Cooper in the United States and announced that it will unveil it at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. As expected, the L stands for ‘Large’ and aims to satisfy different types of customers. According to Fiat, the car offers MPV passenger space combined with the feel of a small SUV on the road but restrained by dimensions and efficiency of a B segment car.
The Fiat 500L will receive the same engines found on the 500 such as two petrol engines (TwinAir and 1.4-litre) and a turbodiesel engine (1.3 MultiJet II). Regarding its debut, the Fiat 500L will arrive in Europe in the last quarter of 2012 and will be produced at the Fiat factory in Kragujevac, Serbia.
Fiat 500L is big in functionality, as shown by the 1,500 configurations when it comes to the interior space. The interior has a mix of 22 compartments and a dashboard that features the instrument panel as well as the main controls of the IT and audio devices. The passenger cell is liveable, something that’s obvious after looking at its interior dimension sizes. For instance, the front goes up to 1,456 mm while you get up to 1034 mm if you measure from seat to roof.
The seats may be adjusted in a number of ways, contributing to the comfort you experience. These can be adjusted on all axis and has eight different modes. The standard driver seat, for one, has a reclining backrest and longitudinal configuration. You can choose to have the seats heated and adjusted at the lumbar level. The passenger seat up front may be fitted with a table backrest that can be folded away. In this configuration, passengers gain a handy surface for everyday things and unusual items.
The rear seats have a Fold & Tumble feature where you can fold down the seats and get a flat loading surface that measures 2.4 meters. This helps you get the most out of the roomy interior. The rear seats also have a 60/40 split that gives you a dozen different positions when you fold and adjust the backrest. You can opt to add a central armrest and head restraint to the rear seats as well.
The L in Fiat 500L stands for light, which benefits its driver and passengers. Fiat has a reputation for innovation that has sophisticated technology that are easy to use and helps meet the needs of today’s drivers and passengers. The car brand is also known for its commitment to safety and the environment. The 500L also gives you simple interfaces for the navigation, infotainment and network connection systems.