Last month, we told you that a five-door version of the Fiat 500 was slated for the Geneva Motor Show next month. Now, more details have emerged on the new model, which will go on sale in the U.S. next year.
“With its Italian design and city-friendly functionality, FIAT’s new five-passenger model expands the brand’s style and efficiency in the growing B-segment,” says FIAT in a press release. “Making its formal introduction at the Geneva Motor Show on March 6th, the new Fiat 500L — the L stands for ‘Large’ — will follow the U.S. introduction of the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth this spring and a full-electric version of the Fiat 500.”
With its retro styling and extra set of doors, the Fiat 500L seems poised to rival upscale small cars like the Mini Cooper Countryman. While pricing and full details on the upcoming 500L have yet to be announced, Edmunds reports that the Euro-spec version will come with multiple engine options. These include a new 0.9-liter TwinAir engine, as well as a 1.4-liter four-cylinder gas engine and a MultiJet 1.3-liter diesel.
Notable features include FIAT’s eco:Drive, which provides advice on how to reduce fuel consumption, as well as a high level of customization. Edmunds says that in addition to more than 30 color choices, 500L buyers “will get a choice of white, gray or black for the alloy wheels and a range of accessories, including custom graphics, chrome-plating, ski roof bars and a bicycle holder.”
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