Feature Flick: Fiat 500L is All-Grown Up

The Fiat 500 family is growing, both literally and figuratively. Hot on the heels of the recently-released Fiat Abarth model in the U.S. is the Fiat 500 L four-door. Although clearly related to its smaller stablemates, the 500 L is substantially larger. Just ahead of its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show, we came across this video giving us a better look at its fuller figure.

Based on the same platform as its smaller 500 and 500C siblings, the 500L (L stands for Large) is reportedly 23.4 inches longer, 6.0 inches wider, and 5.6 inches taller.  It will accommodate up to five passengers and more cargo space, and ingress and egress will be made easier thanks to two extra doors. Looking at the Fiat 500L’s profile, its roofline looks strikingly similar to the Mini Countryman, with other styling cues borrowed from the Euro-market Fiat Panda.

It’s expected the American market 500L will only get the 1.4-liter, 101 horsepower naturally-aspirated MultiAir inline-four-cylinder engine from the 500, although we’re hoping the Fiat Abarth’s brawnier 160-hp turbo version might be an option. The 500L will be built at a new Fiat plant in Serbia, and will go on sale in Europe in July before arriving on U.S. shores in 2013.

Get acquainted with the newest member of the Fiat family below.

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2012 FIAT 500

2012 FIAT 500

MSRP $15,500 Pop Hatchback

0-60 MPH:

10.1 SECS


30 City / 38 Hwy

Horse Power:

101 @ 6500