At the 2012 LA Auto Show, Fiat introduced the 2014 500L Trekking an extra muscular version of the 500 that promises to take you almost anywhere (the moon is not exactly a destination for you, right?). So, what do we get? An aggressive styled front and rear fascias, featuring Nero (black) accents, an unique Nero wheel arch and body-side sill moldings.
The design is complete by the 17 x 7-inch aluminum wheels, which support the vehicle’s adventurous personality. The 500L Trekking features a two-tone Nero/Marrone (black/brown) interior, an all-new Uconnect 5.0 system fitted with a 5-inch intelligently and intuitively designed touchscreen interface. As expected, the Uconnect helps the driver to make handsfree calls and Bluetooth-streaming audio but also to control the radio via voice-command.
Moreover, the 500L Trekking can be fitted with an optional Uconnect 6.5 system with its larger 6.5-inch touchscreen radio, with dealer-activated navigation with intuitive map graphics and a premium media hub with SD card reader.
One feature that owners will definitely like with the Fiat 500L Trekking is the cutting-edge control system known as Traction+. With just the touch of a button, it allows this model to go from streets in the city to tackling more adventurous roads. Through this system, exceptional performance is guaranteed whether on slippery roads or on driving on snow.
The passive and active safety systems fitted to it mean that it offers excellent protection. This safety system is also able to complement the freedom of use. Already remarkable, the safety systems are improved even further by putting in the “City Brake Control.” What this new addition does is determine if any obstacles are currently in front of the vehicle and if there is any, the brakes are immediately activated to prevent any collision.
Equipped as standard, the Traction+ is able to improve grip which is helpful when driving on slippery or rough terrain. If you’re wondering how this system works, it utilizes advanced hardware on models that have ESC equipped in them. However, it is not just a simple extension of the base system. Instead, the control unit has special algorithms which can manage, as well as control, the braking system.
It stimulates electronically how a self-locking electromechanical differential behaves. Using optimized software combined with force generated using hydraulic braking circuit means that any action the system does is more progressive especially when compared to standard systems. While the performance is the same as that of other systems, the Traction+ has the benefit of being lighter.
In addition to being managed through a button placed on the dashboard, it can be activated for a maximum of 30 km/h. Should the drive wheel encounter a scenario where grip is low, or even zero, the control unit is able to detect if slippage is occurring and triggers the hydraulic circuit in order to have the brakes applied on the wheel having the least grip.
This also means that the drive torque is channeled to the wheel that has the most grip on the road. What this simply means is that handling the vehicle is much easier with control and directional stability maintained. It also makes sure that the vehicle is able to have the best traction on rough terrain having little or no grip. The Traction+ is less expensive compared to the usual 4x45 drive and even has lower emissions. Thus it is indeed more efficient to use off-road, especially on a daily basis.