Fiat is taking the lead from Mini and expanding its lineup of mini-me runabouts. The Italian automaker has done the 500 every which way, including convertible and performance models and now even electrified versions. Following this expansion comes the first actual growth in size; the 2014 Fiat 500L.

First shown at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March, the 500L features 42 percent more interior space through lengthening the 500 platform by 26 inches. With that added size comes added power, specifically the 1.4-liter MutliAir inline four cylinder engine. Also found in the Fiat 500 Abarth and Dodge Dart, the turbocharged four-pot makes 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels through either a six-speed-manual transmission or a dual-clutch gearbox.

From what we can see, the 500L has a more refined and advanced interior than its smaller Italian stablemates. Most notable is the availability of the Uconnect 5.0 (and available 6.5) system, featuring audio and navigation controls, among other functions.

The four-door Fiat 500L is set to arrive at dealer showrooms mid-2013, and will be produced in Fiat's Kragujevac, Siberia plant... so you know the heat will work! To learn more about the 500L and its utilitarian predecessors such as the Fiat Panda and Multipla, check out the press release below.
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500L, A Fiat Design Approach

A design book documenting the creative experience behind the all-new Fiat 500L project

The Fiat 500L will arrive in the United States in 2013

April 18, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Following its worldwide debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show this March, the design experience that gave birth to the all-new Fiat 500L has been documented in "500L, a Fiat Design Approach" – an exclusive publication that shares the story behind the 500L project.

From Dante Giacosa in the mid twentieth century, to the new course undertaken by FIAT Design under the guidance of Roberto Giolito today, "500L, a Fiat Design Approach" traces the brand's commitment to developing unique automobiles, while continuing the success of Italian design throughout the world.

With original designer's sketches, this FIAT original publication illustrates the Fiat 500L's concept development through some of the brand's most radical and profoundly innovative design elaborations. The book traces the all-new "multi-purpose" vehicle's styling inspiration through a sequence of previous models, including the historic 1956 Fiat 600 Multipla, 1957 Fiat 500, the 1972 Fiat 127, the 1980 Fiat Panda, the 1983 Fiat Uno and the 1998 Fiat Multipla.

In addition, "500L, a Fiat Design Approach," highlights the route undertaken with the new Fiat 500 project and how it represented an important phase for the FIAT Brand paving the way for the all-new Fiat 500L – a natural and coherent product extension for the brand.

About the all-new Fiat 500L

With its Italian design and city-friendly functionality, the all-new Fiat 500L five-passenger model expands the appeal of the brand's iconic Fiat 500 with even more style and efficiency in the growing B-segment. The Fiat 500L - the L stands for 'Large' - will follow the U.S. introduction of the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth this spring and a full-electric version of the Fiat 500 at the end of 2012. The Fiat 500L will be produced at the FIAT plant in Kragujevac, Serbia, and will arrive in the United States in 2013.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      It has some of the inevitable odd proportions that come with a very compact people mover...but I actually like the cheeky, oddball styling. It looks distinctively Fiat, the interior packaging seems pretty good (based on the limited photos and information here), and it wears the 4-window greenhouse pretty well. Shame about the three-tier, shovel-nose front--a consequence, no doubt, of trying to marry the 500 cues onto a tallish MPV that has to meet Euro pedestrian impact regulations--but there's some charm to the thing overall. Comparisons to the Aztek are lazy and off-base, IMHO.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The plant is in Serbia, not Siberia. Kind of a big difference there. Coincidentally, that where the Zastava Yugo was built in the 1980s. It was built until 2007 when Fiat bought the plant from Zastava and effectively shut down that company, and Fiat rebuilt the plant in order to make this car.
      • 2 Years Ago
      You know that there's a big difference between Siberia and Serbia, right? For the moment you almost made me proud...
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's manufactured in Serbia, not Siberia!!!
      • 2 Years Ago
      LOL.... Kragujevac is in Serbia, not in Siberia! Further, for your information, the recently Fiat-renewed Kragujevac plant is the place where once the Yugos were built (the Zastava assembly plant)...
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it me, or do the headlights look like one of the eyeball options when creating a Mii on a Nintendo?
      • 2 Years Ago
      For every design success of the smaller 500, the L erases them. Dang! Every angle has a rough proportion, every surface is just a little too expanded. It reminds me of a 'larger' person that tries to dress as if they're sizes smaller. It just doesn't work nicely.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Didn't think it possible to build something uglier than the Pontiac Aztek, good job Fiat... keep this out of the US please because I don't want to have to pass or look at it
        • 2 Years Ago
        And you probably look in the mirror and think you look acceptable, and the weird thing is someone probably likes your appearance too..
      • 2 Years Ago
      Steven Chang
      • 2 Years Ago
      looks like a PT cruiser to me. very unattractive car.
      • 2 Years Ago
      If i got hired at Fiat, i would fire every head guy/girl that approved this ugly looking thing. We may have finally found something that competes on the ugly stage with the pontiac aztec. Who the hell thought two pillars separated by glass as an A pillar was a good idea WTF!!!
      fred schumacher
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thankfully Fiat decided not to adopt the baleen whale maw that seems to be in fashion these days for front grills. I was passed this past summer by a car that was so ugly it scared me, but then I found out the auto press totally loves its look. It was a Hyundai Veloster. Chaque un a son gout.
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