Fiat has finally tipped its hand on the 500L. After months of watching painful renderings of the five-door hatchback float to the surface, the company has dished a few official details ahead of the vehicle's debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March.

The 500L is 162.9 inches long, a smidge over 70 inches wide and 65.3 inches tall. Fiat says the four-door 500 combines an SUV driving experience with B-segment fuel efficiency and could easily serve as a first car for those who like the 500 but need a little more functionality. The Fiat 500L will begin production in Europe in the last quarter of this year. When it does, two gasoline engines and a turbo-diesel will find their way behind the headlights.

The Italian automaker isn't saying much about the company's plans for the 500L in the U.S., but we've previously heard American buyers will be able to sample the five-seater soon. Believe it or not, a seven-seat version is also planned for Europe. Follow the jump for the full press release and stay tuned for the unveil on March 6.
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Fiat 500L: world preview at the Geneva Motor Show

The new model in the 500 range
In Europe in the last quarter of 2012

Fiat presents the first official images of the 500L, the new model which will have its world preview at the International Geneva Motor Show on 6 March this year.

500L - the L stands for 'Large' - is the new addition to the 500 range, which, following the Abarth and Cabrio versions, furthers the brand's strategy, with the aim of extending its offer by introducing models in a position to satisfy different types of customers.

With the 'L', the 500 expands and grows together with customers, to accommodate new experiences and needs once more.

With MPV passenger space combined with the feel of a small SUV on the road and the restrained dimensions and efficiency of a B segment car, the new Fiat model defies the conventional distinctions between the various segments, combining the typical characteristics of different categories in order to create a distinctive alternative to the traditional B and C segments.

With the 500L, the Fiat brand demonstrates its creative spirit once more: a marriage of functionality and emotion, it features a 5-seater single-volume structure which is 414 cm long, 178 cm wide and 166 cm high. It is a further development of the concept of 'cab forward' introduced by Fiat with the 600 Multipla, a precursor to the concept of the compact people carrier.

Produced at the Fiat factory in Kragujevac, Serbia, 500L is a 'first car' for those who won't settle for anything less than Italian style, the versatility that comes from a functional design and engine technology that sets the bar in terms of efficiency.

The Fiat 500L will be introduced to Europe in the last quarter of 2012, with an engine range which will initially comprise two petrol engines (TwinAir and 1.4-litre) and a turbodiesel engine (1.3 MultiJet II) and the most advanced, state-of-the-art technology from Fiat Group Automobiles.


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      lasertekk
      • 2 Years Ago
      There's no 500 there. It's an updated Panda. The marketing guys are playing name games.
      tenspeeder
      • 2 Years Ago
      Might as well call it the Fiat 600 since that thing has pretty much lost all the design aspects of the 500
      CJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      Okay, wouldn't quite call this a 5 door 500. It's a FIAT Panda with a 500 mustache.
        Thomas D Hilton III
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CJ
        People the Panda is a All Terain Bsegment SUV type car.. this is a MPV that seaat up to 7 people... think
          Lachmund
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Thomas D Hilton III
          "the Panda is a All Terain Bsegment SUV type car" a are you being serious?! i hope not
      tarig.rs
      • 2 Years Ago
      they have call it FIAT 600, this not even related to the 500
        Tim
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tarig.rs
        Why don't they just called it the Fiat 500 Countryman?
      tnsubie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well it seems pretty polarizing. I actually like it. It is very Mini-esque. Which is a good thing for well-apportioned small car. Mini has set the benchmark. The thing looks like it has great visibility - something sorely lacking in most cars today.
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      panda cockpit, panda stearing wheel....even the exterior looks like a panda. NOT LIKE A 500! why would one name this thing 500? sorry...i fail to see the sense in that car.
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lachmund
        add: like a panda and a countryman had a love child
        Colin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lachmund
        How do we know what the interior looks like? If it is like the Panda then great! I do agree that it shows more resemblance tot he Pada than the 500 though. I don't 'get' the 500 naming thing at all.
          Lachmund
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Colin
          btw. i just wanted to express that i don't get why they name it 500 if there is like no resemblance. looks like they want to establish the '500' as a 'mini' like sub brand, which i find very saddening.
          Lachmund
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Colin
          oh well...not in this case. i just took a look at the pictures in other countries blogs and newspapers.
          Elmo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Colin
          Lachmund likes to think he knows stuff before other people, when he really doesn't.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope they bring it here with a diesel, I think it would do very well for them. The sooner they bring it here to bolster the Fiat line-up, the better!
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      this looks like a TOTALLY different car, with barely any relation to the 500 AT ALL. bummer, I was hoping for a 4 - door Fiat 500
      • 2 Years Ago
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      dee8817
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the design of this. It's not that bad looking, its really cute. I hope Fiat isn't thinking about just offering it with the 1.4L 100hp engine. That would be too weak for this car. I can see if you live in tight urban areas and you don't venture outside of the city ever, and use the highway ever. Then that engine would work for some. If they offer it with the 1.4 turbo from the Abarth and a six-speed automatic. I would consider buying one.
      Carman
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it looks pretty cool. Where there's a product, there's a market. Build it!
      Mr. Sunshine
      • 2 Years Ago
      A 7 seat version too? This defeats the premise of a 500.
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