The Fiat 500 continues its program of aggrandizement, going from the five-seat 500L and 500X to the seven-seat 500XL – that is, if these patent drawings and snapshots from Fiat's Centro Stile are accurate pictures of the future. The 500 is 11.6 feet long, appending the L added exactly two more feet, and the XL is said to be another six inches longer in the rear overhang to make room for that third row. The Small U.S. Wide (SUSW) platform it sits on will, so it is said, find its way under "a future B-segment Jeep crossover."

While the Fiat 500L is on its way to dealerships this year, the 500XL (if that ends up being its production name) isn't expected to hit showroom floors until later in 2013. It is believed that it will not be coming to the U.S., the rumor being that Fiat doesn't think Americans are ready for a tiny seven-seater. We might see all of them at the Paris Motor Show next month and get a handle on which 500 will go where.


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      Steve H
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think Fiat is making a big mistake by sticking the 500 name on all sorts of products. It's a recipe for confusion.
      MJC
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh my God. Kill it now. Just build a separate model - this bears no resemblance to a "real" 500 anyway.
      RJC
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why not ready for this? We have here an externally space efficient vehicle with the capability to transport seven people. If it's easy on fuel, it's the perfect family vehicle.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      Actually I think this would make a nice alternative in a market that only has the Mazda5 as a mini 7 passenger car. If they actually brought it here with some of its European powertrains (ahem, diesel) I think people would love a 40mpg 7 seater
      Rob J
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll wait until I see it in person to judge the appearance, but as far as taking a small platform and extending it, it's an unquestionably smart move.
      Matthew Dawson
      • 2 Years Ago
      The issue I have with the 500L and XL, aside from the poor choice in names, is that they're bigger Fiat 500s. And nothing else. They are supposed to replace the Multipla, but don't really feature anything interesting or clever about their designs. The 90's Multipla was ugly, but it had three-abreast seating and tons of space. The original 600 Multipla had back seats that would fold flat into the floor, and turn it into a little delivery van. The 500L and XL have ...some...extra seats. It just feels like they're styling a very generic, average car like a Fiat 500 in hopes that they'll then sell a million of them.
        to your email L
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matthew Dawson
        And it even kinda looks like a Mini Countryman, like around the roofline.........not very original Fiat!
      mikelee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ug..a..lee(!)
      Jerry Hightower
      • 2 Years Ago
      Downright ugly! Even stole the Mini roofline. Fiat is in a race to introduce new models in the US hoping the US will save them since they're in so much trouble overseas.
        William Flesher
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jerry Hightower
        They didn't "steal the Mini roofline". Fiat introduced this look on the second generation Panda in 2003. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiat_Panda
        lasertekk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jerry Hightower
        Most everyone is in trouble overseas.
      Stumpy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kill it! Kill it with fire! ..
      jtdaven115
      • 2 Years Ago
      A seven seater off the Cinquocento? I didn't realize the clown car market was that big.
        gtv4rudy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jtdaven115
        if an American male can get his fat gut behind the wheel of a Vette or Mustang he'll have no problem sitting behind the wheel of this small 'wagon' which is much bigger than what small cars were of the 90s or 80s.
      PiCASSO
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah... let's milk our customer as much as we can with a Fiat 500 design. Next up a 500 SUV and possibly a 500 truck. This one is stupid ugly... why bother?
        Rob J
        • 2 Years Ago
        @PiCASSO
        "milk our customer as much as we can" So EVERY car maker that builds cars off the same platform is milking their customers?
          Drakkon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rob J
          No but automakers expecting one platform to do too many variates ruin all of them. As F Scott Fitzgerald said: well rounded people know a little bit about everything, but very little about anything
      ToyotaSupraMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I thought the point of the 500 was that it's a small, practical, kinda "cute" city car. This looks like two 500, parked back to front.
        lasertekk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ToyotaSupraMan
        The 500 is. THIS, is another model, that just happens to share the same name (a mistake). It's all relative.
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