2014 Fiat 500L rounds out the model range
Fiat has pulled back the curtain on the North American 500L ahead of the five-door’s debut at the 2012 LA Auto Show. Engineers have drawn and quartered the base 500 to create a machine that’s a full 26-inches longer and six-inches taller and wider. The result is a crossover with 42-percent more interior room than its tiny three-door counterpart. Power comes from a version of the same turbocharged 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo four-cylinder engine that powers the 500 Abarth and Dodge Dart. The 160-horsepower mill is paired to the buyer’s choice of either a six-speed manual or dual-clutch transmission, and offers 184 pound-feet of torque.
The 2014 Fiat 500L will come in standard and Trekking configurations, with Trekking models like the one above offering differentiated front and rear fascias as well as a two-tone interior, bulging fender arches and standard 17-inch alloy wheels. Designers also graced the trim with black exterior accents for a more aggressive look.
Inside, the 500L will offer Chrysler’s Uconnect 5.0 infotainment interface as standard equipment, though Trekking models can be had with the 6.5 system and its larger touchscreen audio. Expect to see both trims show up in Fiat dealers toward the middle of next year. Until then, check out the full press release below.