The 500L Living is the perfect marriage of effective use of space and the unmistakable ‘made in Fiat’ design.
Fiat’s bambino is growing, with Fiat choosing the sixth anniversary of the launch of the new Fiat 500 to take the wraps off the Fiat 500L Living, the fourth variant of the Fiat 500 and which promises to combine the agility and compact external dimensions of a small car with the comfort of a wagon and the versatility of an MPV without losing any of the charm, character and style that has made the new Fiat 500 an automotive icon every bit as legendary as its famous predecessor.
The launch of the new Fiat 500L Living provides New Zealand’s new importer, Fiat Chrysler New Zealand Ltd, with an even larger choice of models with which to implement its growth plans for Fiat in New Zealand. The 500L is now available in two versions, the five seat version which is now on sale in Europe and new seven seat 500L Living, or the 500L MPW (Multi-Purpose Wagon) as the car will be known in the UK, with seven seats and even more interior space. A decision on the versions for New Zealand will be made next year when it becomes available for this market.
The new Fiat has all the charm of the 500, the agility of a city-car, is as compact as a mid-size car, has the comfort and contents of a compact wagon or saloon and the space and the versatility of an MPV. These are the ingredients that have been brought together to conceive a new type of car that brings together technical and design abilities with character and style, to create a magic combination.
The 500L Living is therefore the perfect marriage of effective use of space and the unmistakable ‘made in Fiat’ design. With an additional third row of seats, the new car is the most compact ‘5 + 2-seater’ MPV in its segment: it is 435 cm long, 178 cm wide and 167 cm high. What’s more, despite being 20 cm shorter than a typical compact wagon, the Fiat 500L Living ensures exceptional values in terms of comfort, space and load capacity, as demonstrated by a maximum boot volume of 638 litres.
The Fiat 500L Living is able to appear to all car buyers, whether their purchase is driven by functionality and efficiency or character and style and recognizes that for the majority of car buyers their purchase needs an ideal blend of these characteristics. In short, the Fiat 500L Living is the superlative expression of Fiat’s ingenuity in creating vehicles that make everyday life simpler, easier and more fun.
At launch, the Fiat 500L Living will be equipped with two petrol engines - 95 HP 1.4 16v and 105 HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo - as well as two turbodiesels: 105 HP 1.6 MultiJet II and 85 HP 1.3 MultiJet II, the latter also with automatic transmission.
The range includes two trim levels (Pop Star and Lounge), 19 body colours (including 11 two-tone combinations) and six interior trims, 15 different types in terms of alloy wheels and hub caps: in total, no fewer than 282 combinations are possible. 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.
The Fiat 500L Living will be produced in the new Serbian factory at Kragujevac, while orders will open in July in Italy, to be extended progressively to the other countries of Europe and a New Zealand launch in 2014.