We like the small Fiat 500 a lot, but we're not so fond of the upsized version Fiat is planning. When the five-door 500L debuted at Geneva, calling it homely was being generous, indeed. We can't deny the logic in offering a more family friendly 500, however. But a size-large seven-seater? This quite literally stretches the limits of the 500's ethos.
Yet Auto Express has captured spy shots of a full-size design study for exactly that: A 500L with a third row. The magazine is reporting that the mockup it spotted in the automaker's Turin, Italy, design studio rides on the same wheelbase as the five-door model, but with its rear overhang extended by nearly eight inches to accommodate what must surely be the smallest third row of seats to ever grace the interior of a vehicle not made of Lego.

The report goes on to say that the seven-passenger model would use the same body panels and doors as the five-door 500L, basically everything from the C-pillar forward. Check out Auto Express for more images and info.


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      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why didnt they name this 600 or Multipla?
      RustyShackelford
      • 2 Years Ago
      "We can't deny the logic in offering a more family friendly 500, however. But a size-large seven-seater? This quite literally stretches the limits of the 500's ethos." Or does it actually stay true to the 500's ethos? Gotta know the heritage to comprehend the boundaries of the ethos. Longer, wagon like Cinquecentos are not much of a stretch. ;-) The Fiat 500 Giardiniera http://californiaclassix.com/images/c124-leftside.jpg http://www.simoncars.co.uk/fiat/slides/s_Fiat%20500%20Giardiniera%20side.jpg
      Leather Bear
      • 2 Years Ago
      I see this as a replacement for the recently-discontinued Multipla (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiat_Multipla). Although the Multipla design (especially before the 2004 facelift) was way too polarizing to sell in the US, I think a 500L would make a viable addition to Fiat's lineup here in the US.
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      It really does not look that different from the standard 500L. And the 3rd row look about the same as in an X5. I dont really see why Jeff @ AB is poo-pooing this so much. I would pic this over a Mazda 5, it's cooler.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      If it gets high MPG, bring it here with the seven seat option, it would be a great competitor to the only other small 7 seater on the market, the Mazda5
      Jonathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow another underpowered and over priced variant of the 500 ! Why don't they just make a car that is not a piece of junk and underpowered that people are actually going to buy . I have never seen a single 500 on the road . Shows how well their doing when they don't sell any cars .
        Sealy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan
        I'm guessing that from where your head is, it's hard to see most anything.
        Teleny411
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan
        I see at least one 500 everyday, often more, in Jersey or Eastern Pa.
        vinny
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan
        Jonathan aka Eber, a dwarf who thinks being a giant. Stop trolling, woodman.
        lorenzo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan
        I see them all over the place, people are snapping them up where I live. And they always look fantastic. And I am in the USA.
        Quen47
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan
        I see tons and tons of 500's in San Francisco. Fiat sold almost 4000 of them last month, and that's before the Abarth hit. Sorry dude, it's catching on.
      AMG THIS
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why would they bother when the Dodge Journey is already selling like hot cakes over there as the Fiat Freemont?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AMG THIS
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        dan1malk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AMG THIS
        CAFE standards, maybe?
          AMG THIS
          • 2 Years Ago
          @dan1malk
          Maybe, likely smaller exterior dimensions and cheap to build off the regular 500L. Still an odd move for the company that hates replication of models.
        Thomas D Hilton III
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AMG THIS
        Fiat Freemont is a D Segment CUV Fiat 500L is a B Segment MPV FIat Panda is a Taller B Segment 5 Seater only with 4x4 No replication of models here since the US will be getting all of Fiats B Segment offerings minus the Panda
      Victor W. Werke
      • 2 Years Ago
      Meltifaceoni does it again! Whatever else, a 14 passenger double decker 500 variant? I smell desperation in them there product planning offices.....
      Brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think that it is really interesting that Fiat did this however I feel someone needing a 7-passenger vehicle could probably find others on the market that would do a better job at it than this one. The 500 just seems like an awfully small car to start from when designing a vehicle that would haul that many people.
      Bill
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks ni e. Back looks like the xA but will have to see.
      Edward
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why can't the 500L not use the 'Cinquecento' or '500' nameplate? Because it does not look like a '500', rather a Mini Countryman with Fiat 500-like nose. Can't the 500L be part of a separate nameplate, like part of Panda lineup. Furthermore, couldn't the Fiat company taken the 500 hatchback and made a two-door station wagon out of it, like they did with the Giardiniera from 1960 - 1977.
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