Fiat has served up a few more tidbits on the upcoming 500L five-door expected to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. According to Automotive News, the vehicle will feature a taller roof than the thee-door Fiat 500, and while the two sill share a front fascia, the larger vehicle will ride on a widened version of the same chassis that underpins the Fiat Punto. All told, the Fiat 500L will be around 163.38 inches long, which is around 2.36 inches longer than the current 500.

Interestingly enough, Fiat plans to introduce both five-seat and a seven-seat version of the 500L in the near future, though American buyers are only likely to be able to enjoy the former configuration. The 500L is expected to touch down on dealer lots in Europe in July, while Americans will have to wait until early 2013 to plop themselves in the driver's seat.

In Europe, the vehicles will likely be available with with a turbocharged two-cylinder 900cc gasoline engine with 85 horsepower as well as a 1.4-liter four-cylinder good for either 77 or 105 hp depending on configuration. A 1.3-liter diesel will also be an option across the pond with either 75 or 99 hp. Odds are American buyers will simply see the 1.4-liter Multiair four-cylinder on their option sheets.


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      Andy
      • 2 Years Ago
      For the love of god, please proofread before posting.
      Matthew Dawson
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 500L will actually be 60 CENTImeters longer, not 60 MILLImeters longer. That is 23.6 inches longer, not 2.36 inches. From the spy shots on other sites, it looks a bit like a Panda, but with a 500-like front and rear. I kinda wish the name were Giardiniera or Multipla, but then again it probably won't be as clever as those cars.
        SpikedLemon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matthew Dawson
        Checking the European sites (which don't convert units from metric to arbitrary units... err inches) it's 60mm. http://www.carsuk.net/fiat-500l-production-version-of-elle-zero-at-geneva-2012/ The brits even have a 5-door pic.
      fred schumacher
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's built on the SUSW platform (Small U.S. Wide), so it will be wider than a 500, as well as two feet longer. The 7 passenger version will be longer yet and only 6 inches shorter than my 1993 Caravan minivan which easily held seven people. Marchionne realizes that when porting a car for the American market it has to be designed to fit the American body. That is why the Dodge Dart is built on the CUSW platform (Compact U.S. Wide) which is wider than the Alfa Romeo Giuletta it is based on. As regards safety, the number one cause of deaths is a single vehicle running off the road. They're 3% of accidents but 40% of deaths. Notice all the crosses placed on highway roadsides. The most likely vehicle to cause such deaths is a high center of gravity pickup or SUV, especially if the passengers are unbuckled.
      Quen47
      • 2 Years Ago
      Zach, I think you have your information wrong. The current 500 is only 139" long, so if the 500L is 163" long, it is a much longer vehicle. Perhaps you meant the Punto? That said, I wish we would jut get the next gen Punto. I love the 500, but I don't want every US-market Fiat trading exclusively on nostalgia.
      That Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      Totally read the title wrong, thought it said "fiat dishes up more information on 5L five door." Imagine a 500 with a 5 liter engine.
      Fazzster
      • 2 Years Ago
      Naming it a Fiat 600 would make more sense...
      Talisman
      • 2 Years Ago
      A 5 door version, which I'm sure will be proportionately heavier really needs a more powerful engine than the 105hp 1.4 liter. Especially if 4 North American sized people are sitting in it. The turbo engine(with available automatic) should be at least optional for the 5 door.
      Matrix
      • 2 Years Ago
      Instant death trap, and fiat wonders why the 500 is not selling as they expected? Maybe if gas was 6 or 7 dollars a gallon people would flock to buys these micro cars but in the USA people love their trucks and suvs.
        Shiftright
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matrix
        Death trap? 5 star crash rating in Eurocap and IIHS tests, the former rating it a recommended buy. This 'death trap' is safer than a RWD impala of ten years ago. Did you know that trucks and SUVs classified as trucks don't even have to meet the same safety standards as passenger vehicles? Safety via size and weight is often an illusion
      lspensieri
      • 2 Years Ago
      ´┐╝lspensieri I bought 2 FIAT 500 approx. 7 month ago, one for me and one for my daughter. WE COULD NOT BE HAPPIER. One manual and one automatic. These cars are an absolute pleasure to drive and they have more space inside then they appear to have looking from outside. Even the back seats are sufficient to accommodate my 200lb frame. The trunk can hold 8 shopping bags comfortably. (without collapsing the back seats) The engine is flexible, smooth, responsive and powerful to keep you at steady 80 up and down the hills of NY. These cars are beautiful and eye turning and constant " What a beautiful car " comments everywhere. This car is quiet (especially the manual) and comfortable that I will soon take it on a trip from NY to LA and save a lot of money on gas too. By the way on both cars we get higher mileage than FIAT declares. In short and despite the gelous "nay Sayers" these cars are, absolute "Italian Classic" and that's exactly the way they should be presented and promoted. Or even better "Italian Beauty". The reason why they haven't sold as projected is only because the promotional campaign, TV and radio, was a total abortion. They did more damage than good to this beautiful Italian car. Everything That's Italian Sales. Long gone are the days of LFAT. Fiat is the owner of Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Ferrari "Haloo!!!" and the CINQUECENTO is the direct offspring of all this technology and class
      XJ Yamaha
      • 2 Years Ago
      While a Focus, Cruze, Fiesta and Sonic all get the same if not better mileage with more room, this car seems pointless. I suppose the same could be said about numerous other larger cars with better mileage that don't look like something 17 clowns will be piling out of at the next stoplight.
        Quen47
        • 2 Years Ago
        @XJ Yamaha
        Some of us live in cities. Focuses can't fit into the parallel parking spaces in my neighborhood the way a 500 could.
        quuppa70
        • 2 Years Ago
        @XJ Yamaha
        eveybody dont want boring base cars, you dont get the idea of cars at all,
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      I tried sitting in the backseat of a 500 just as a joke. Even if it gets slightly stretched, putting in 7 seats is nothing short of torture. This car should stay just as it is.
        Shiftright
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        Unless you're a linebacker, it's a perfectly adequate rear seat, and actually roomier than the Mini's. I'm 5'-10", 190 lbs and fit comfortably in the back. I wouldn't want to be back there for a 500 mile trip, but then that's not what you buy it for. It amuses me that so many people want to hate this car so much just because it's the antithesis of the so called American Way of Life (Cheap quantity, not necessarily quality, and damn the consequences) that they attack any and all aspects of it, even when the ones that are part of its reason for being. Also, the people bitching about lack of interior space are usually the ones driving giant SUVs or trucks with no one but the driver 98% of the time.
          IBx27
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Shiftright
          Just to let you know, I'd be perfectly happy with one of these so long as I had something bigger for hauling stuff around when I need to. I love the car as it is, and would rather they leave it alone as a 3 door.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
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      Edward
      • 2 Years Ago
      A local dealer has been running an ad for the base model for $13995. Add two more doors and the goodies the Koreans offer in their smallest (though way bigger than this) cars, then compare. I'll bet the Fiat will be thousands more, and it's still a Fiat.
        RJC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Edward
        Yes, it's a Fiat. Parent company of Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Abarth and Lancia. Where do I sign up?
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