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Fiat 500 Abarth EsseEsse – Click above for high-res image gallery

We are eagerly awaiting the somewhat funky and cute Fiat 500. The tiny two-door has won over fans in many parts of the world and will get its chance to wow us soon enough. A few minor hurdles could limit its success here, though. One, it's a two-door and the American love affair with the four-door body style is hard to break. Two, the 500 is downright tiny and buyers may think it's just too small for our over-sized lifestyles.

No need to worry, because Fiat has predicted our concerns and is listening. According to Automotive News, citing three undisclosed company sources, Fiat will bring a four-door version of the 500 here soon enough. The four-door variant will make its debut in Europe near the end of 2011 and we should get ours a little later. Here's what we know: the code name of the vehicle is L0 and it sports a raised roofline, hatchback styling and is both longer and wider than the two-door 500. The vehicle will be built at Fiat's Mirafiori plant in Turin, Italy.

This four-door will become the fourth Fiat offering here when it makes its debut. It will follow behind the two-door 500, a convertible version and the high-performance Abarth model. But, the explosion of Fiat models into the U.S. may not end there, as sources also disclosed that a subcompact sedan model built at Fiat's Serbian plant could make its journey stateside. It's beginning to look like Fiat will single-handedly revive Chrysler's virtually extinct small car lineup – or will at least try by throwing everything they've got at us!



[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      So is the Fiat EV coming out in 2012 going to be 4 doors also?

      http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/03/chrysler-to-build-fiat-500-ev/
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmm. BMW CountryMan, Suzuki SX4 AWD, Subaru AWD. I guess Americans do like some small hatchback AWD. May we also have the AWD FIAT Panda? Or just the regular Panda instead of a stretched 4dr 500.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't (in this specific instance) mean to pick on the writing style we find in ABG as you see this all over the place, but this phrase kinda irks me

      "citing three undisclosed company sources"

      If the source is undisclosed, isn't that then NOT a citation?
      • 5 Years Ago
      WTF, why would we want a 4 door version of a car this size? do they really think Americans will fit in it?

      Big mistake. Bring the 2 door. People won't really be hauling around 3-4 people in a tiny engined microcar.

        • 5 Years Ago
        The U.S model dont forget will be bigger I think it will be based off of the larger Punto platform. So a 4 door would make sense and it dosnt look that bad. If I can get an Arbath version of it and weight is kept down well I think I could even maybe like it after all I do have to get my son's car seat in lol.

        http://www.autoweek.com/article/20100419/CARNEWS/100419860

        I will have to admit though that I got that link from another poster in the regular autoblog comments of this article.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "we've got a great little hatchback. everybody loves it. let's bring it to America."

      "well 'Muricans expect some changes to be made. your puny hatchback couldn't possibly handle our mighty girth."

      "unintentional homoerotic innuendo aside, what did you have in mind?"

      "we'll need it to have 4 doors +hatch instead of 2 +hatch."

      "OK"

      "and an off-road variant"

      "you want it to go off-road?"

      "weeeellllll...... off-roady-ish.... tall. with a slightly more commanding view."

      "...O....K...."

      "and it should be hip for the kids, with some neat tricks"

      "like what?"

      "i dunno ...a tent that pops out of the hatch or something!"

      "you've designed a Pontiac Aztek."
      • 5 Years Ago
      The L0 is based on the newer, updated, Fiat 500 platform that Toluca will build. Think of it as a smaller Honda Fit, CUV. As for being underpowered, I doubt it, since it will come with 30Hp MORE, than the much larger turbocharged Cruze is getting.

      I guess the Polish factory will be building them; but who will they approach the South American market? I suspect that eventually it will be produced in Toluca, or in Brazil directly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe not quite as funky as the new 500,but what's wrong with the Panda as a 5 door import that's currently available,instead of changing a 2 door so radically?
      • 5 Years Ago
      In two door form this is a chic little car for people who have got style.
      In four door form it would be a cramped little fast NEV, for those who can't afford a real, decent sized car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let's hope Fiat/Chrysler brings this car to the U.S. with a clean diesel option for even better fuel economy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My earlier post being said I would still love a 2 door version in my driveway aswell just thought I would clear that up!
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      There are going to make it a funky looking 4 dr, no one will buy it and they will be stumped as to why. Don't screw up a good car, bring it over just like it is.
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