Fiat 500L | Detailed Look

By - July 5th, 2012

Thanks to its ownership stake on Chrysler, Italian car maker Fiat was able to finally make an inroad on the lucrative U.S. car market, especially the growing sub-compact sector. Once dominated by the premium brand MINI, which is part of the BMW portfolio, Fiat’s introduction of its fun and stylish 500 is slowly gnawing away MINI’s hold, particularly in dense urban areas like New York City and Los Angeles. To further its appeal, Fiat will start selling the Fiat 500L to its American patrons at the start of 2013. Set for a European launch later on this year, the Fiat 500L (“L” as in Large) is a 5-door sub-compact that comfortably seats 5 adults. Larger in every way than the Fiat 500, the 500L is actually 1.3-inch longer and 3.9-inch higher than its closest MINI counterpart, the MINI Countryman. Yet, the cost of ownership is drastically lower than that of a MINI. Fiat will be offering three different powerplants – a 104 horsepower 0.9-liter two-cylinder TwinAir Turbo, a 94 horsepower 1.4-liter engine, and a 84 horsepower 1.3-liter Turbo Diesel. In addition to the numerous dual-branded accessories offered by Italian coffee giant Lavazza, Fiat will also be introducing a crossover variant of the 500, aptly named the 500X, next year as well to round off the 500 collection

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