We have always been very fond of the "large" 500, which we drove in the 105 HP Diesel and TwinAir versions on the French riviera. It was in the cards that this car would soon be made even more attractive with more versions, and indeed, the good news is that Fiat is launching a new 500L Living and a new 500L Trekking.
We will test the Trekking version for you in January next year, but here we tell you already somewhat more about the two versions of the "cinquecento" L or City Lounge.
Hans Knol ten Bensel
The 500L Living
An evolution of the iconic model launched in 2007, the 500L Living is for living life to the full, combining unmistakeable ‘made in Fiat’ design with the optimum balance between interior space and exterior dimensions.
With the addition of the third row of seats, the new vehicle is the most compact ‘5 + 2-seater’ MPV in its category: it is 435 cm long, 178 cm wide and 167 cm high.
What’s more, despite being 20 cm shorter than a C-segment Station Wagon, the Fiat 500L Living ensures comfort, space and load capacity, as demonstrated by its 638 litre load capacity.
The 500 Living has a substantial load capacity...
At the moment of writing, the Fiat 500L Living will be equipped with one petrol engine - the 105 HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo - as well as two turbodiesels: the 105 HP 1.6 MultiJet II and the 85 HP 1.3 MultiJet II, the latter also with automatic transmission.
The range includes two trim levels (Pop Star and Lounge), both with 5 or 7 seats, 19 body colours (including 11 two-tone combinations) and 6 interior trims, 15 different types of alloy wheels and hub caps, for a total of no less than 282 possible combinations. What’s more, the new Fiat 500L Living offers equipment worthy of a higher segment, as demonstrated by the new leather interiors, integrated navigation system and rear camera to assist with reversing manoeuvres.
The Fiat 500L Living will be produced in the new Serbian factory at Kragujevac.
The 500L Trekking for the more adventurous...
The 500L Trekking is made for breezing through the city, but is also that bit more adventurous, just perfect for those little weekend pleasures that make life worth living.
The new car sports a distinctive all-round look teamed with a high ride and specially designed bumpers with protective shield. In addition, the stylish exterior is enhanced by new 17" diamond-finish alloy wheels, satin finish handles and brushed steel side mouldings.
The new model offers a range of features as standard, including smart front-wheel drive with Traction+ technology which, together with M+S “snowflake” tyres (also standard), improves the vehicle's handling on terrain with poor grip. All this, without compromising the space and functionality of the 500L, the Fiat ‘City Lounge’ has been designed to easily accommodate life's little pleasures and greatest joys all together - children, friends, travelling - thanks to its 3.17 m³ of passenger volume and a spacious, regular-shaped boot (up to 455 litres).
The cabin of the 500 Trekking is light and roomy...
The Fiat 500L Trekking is available with two petrol engines - the 95 HP 1.4 16v and the 105 HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo - and two turbo diesel engines - the 105 HP 1.6 MultiJet II and the 85 HP 1.3 MultiJet II, the latter also with Dualogic robotised automatic transmission.
All of the new Trekking's engine versions come packed with high value features. In addition to the equipment of the 500L Pop Star, the Trekking offers important standard features such as an automatic climate control system, electric rear windows, fog lights, Traction+ system, CD/MP3 UConnect radio with 5” touchscreen display, automatic headlights and rain sensor.
As said, we will test the Trekking in the coming months, just stay tuned to these columns. In the meantime, we just let you enjoy the photos...
Hans Knol ten Bensel