Geneva 2012: 2013 Fiat 500L Is Larger And In Charge(r)

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Fiat pulled the wraps off of its 2013 500L today at the Geneva Motor Show, and it looks like the oversized Cinquecento may be just what the doctor ordered to help bolster Mini’s U.S. lineup. The "L" in the name stands for large, and the 2013 Fiat 500L rides on a stretched version of the smaller 500's platform, gaining about two feet in length and six inches in width. Powering the 2013 500L is the same 1.4-liter MultiAir I-4 from the 500 hatchback and 500C convertible; in the smaller cars, the 1.4-liter produces 101 hp and 98 lb-ft of torque. Expect to see the same choice of five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions offered in the smaller 500s, as well. European customers get to choose from the 1.4-liter MultiAir and a TwinAir 1.4-liter I-4 – which churns out 85 hp in the 500 – as well as a 1.3-liter MultiJet turbo-diesel I-4. They'll also get the first crack at the Fiat 500L, as it will go on sale in Europe in the fourth quarter of this year before launching in North America. When it goes on sale in early 2013, the Fiat 500L will battle directly against the Mini Countryman, which is within a few inches of the 500L in every dimension. However, we can only hope for more power to be bestowed upon the U.S.-bound 500L models, as the base Countryman has about 20 horsepower on the Fiat. Maybe Fiat will grace the 2013 500L with the 160-hp turbocharged I-4 from the 500 Abarth. At this point, it’s all speculation. We'll have more news on the U.S.-spec version of Fiat's newest five-seater as its market launch draws closer. For more on the 2013 Fiat 500L, check out our First Look; for more on the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, including videos, the latest photos, and more information, click here to visit our 2012 Geneva Motor Show homepage.

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