As Fiat prepares to expand the lineup of the 500 with the roomier 500L, the Italian automaker has just announced a further addition to its enlarged hatchback offering. While the standard 500L has a five-passenger seating configuration, the new 500L Living brings a third row of seats, upping capacity to seven passengers.

Based on the specs Fiat released, the 500L Living has had its overall length stretched by about eight inches to accommodate the extra seats, while width and height stay about the same. We still have no word on the wheelbase of this new model versus the 500L. Fiat also says that the 500L Living will have a luggage capacity of 22.5 cubic feet (we assume that number is with the rear seats folded, which is smaller than that of the five-passenger 500L (12.1 cu-ft with rear seats up and 46.2 cu-ft with rear seats down).

European sales of the 500L Living will commence this summer, but there is no mention as to if or when this seven-passenger Fiat could be offered in the US, to compete against the likes of the Mazda5, Ford Transit Connect Wagon and Nissan NV200. Scroll down for the more information on this new Fiat model.
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Fiat 500L Living: the new model of the 500 family

-The wider 'living space' of its segment: 5 + 2 seats in only 4 meters and 35 centimeters.
-The only car in the segment with a load capacity of 638 liters.
-The first car for the whole family: the unique Fiat 500 design combined with the best interior space/external dimensions ratio.
-Agile and compact as a mid-size car, comfortable and capable as a Station Wagon, roomy and functional as an MPW (Magic Purpose Wagon).

Fiat presents the first official photos of the Fiat 500L Living, the new model that will have its world preview in July on the sixth anniversary of the 500 family. A development of the icon launched in 2007, the new car is for living to the full, a car which reaches out directly to a diverse public, attentive to new features and looking for a balance of functionality and design, to make room for their many interests and intended uses without compromising on style.

The new Magic Purpose Wagon by Fiat has all the charm of the 500, the agility of a city-car, as compact as a mid-size car, the comfort and contents of a C-segment station wagon or saloon, the space and the versatility of an MPV. These are the ingredients of a new conception of the car, which is not based solely on technical specifications, but also and above all how it is experienced in life: the 'living space' that determines its name thus takes centre stage in this car.

The 500L Living is therefore the perfect marriage of effective use of space and unmistakeable 'made in Fiat' design. With an additional third row of seats, the new car is the most compact '5 + 2-seater' MPV in its segment: it is 435 cm long, 178 cm wide and 167 cm high. What's more, despite being 20 cm shorter than a C-segment Station Wagon, the Fiat 500L Living ensures exceptional values in terms of comfort, space and load capacity, as demonstrated by a volume of 638 dm3.

The new model therefore assumes its position as the first car for the whole family which reaches out to all consumers, able to win over both men, thanks to its characteristics of functionality and efficiency, and women, due to its beauty, intelligence and style. And it's bound to please children as well: to their eyes it will be attractively immense. In short, the Fiat 500L Living is the superlative expression of Fiat's characteristic ingenuity in creating vehicles that make everyday life more simple, and a bit more fun as well.

At launch, the Fiat 500L Living will be quipped with two petrol engines - 95 HP 1.4 16v and 105 HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo - as well as two turbodiesels: 105 HP 1.6 MultiJet II and 85 HP 1.3 MultiJet II, the latter also with automatic transmission.

The range includes two trim levels (Pop Star and Lounge), both with 5 or 7 seats, 19 body colours (including 11 two-tone combinations) and 6 interior trims, 15 different types in terms of alloy wheels and hub caps: in total, no fewer than 282 combinations are possible. What's more, the new Fiat 500L offers equipment worthy of a higher segment, as demonstrated by the new leather interiors, integrated navigation system and rear camera to assist with reversing manoeuvres.

The Fiat 500L Living will be produced in the new Serbian factory at Kragujevac, while orders will open in July in Italy, to be extended progressively in the other countries of Europe.


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      NicksGarage
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should have just called this the 600 from the beginning. And maybe call this version the Multipla.
      Yaman Ahmed
      • 1 Year Ago
      I find it sad how people here hate and bash on every single vehicle. Not every car is made to look and perform like a Ferrari 458 while costing as low as a Nissan Versa. Lets try to find the good in every vehicle. The idea of a small 7 seater is perfect for someone with a big family in the city. I love how the auto industry is filling more niches.
      Quen47
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mainstream European cars are so ugly. Let's all buy beige Camcords and Rav4/CRV's!
        Street King
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Quen47
        BAM! Aint that the truth
        wrxfrk16
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Quen47
        I know right, to hell with a Giulia or Megane, I want my car to be rounded to the ground...
      SethG
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's interesting how some brands confuse things by offering too many distinct model names. BMW now has distinct model numbers for cars that used to simply be variants of a single model. Infiniti seems to be heading in that direction too. But then there's the other extreme. When a brand has exceptional market awareness of a model, they seem to want to leverage that model as much as they can. See what Toyota is doing with the Prius name. Now Fiat is doing the same thing with the 500. I think it's a mistake. The 500L doesn't even look like the 500. And this longer (500LL?) 7 passenger version has even less in common with the 500 currently on the market. Fiat should trust it's brand and any good will created by the success of the 500, and have faith that the market will understand that another model (maybe 600 or something else entirely) could stand alone and possibly even stronger without bearing the same name as the 500. There comes a point where over-simplification becomes confusing and I think this is it.
        chickenflauta
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SethG
        There are a number of different marketing reasons for doing that... the 500 is Fiat's only good seller at the moment, and the only model with any name recognition in the US. Fiat is best off milking as many variants as it can, and is clearly benchmarking the Mini strategy with this approach. BMW, on the other hand, wants people to associate with the marque, not the model, so they're fine to have a million different confusing names of different vehicles.
      cpmanx
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love these kinds of compact people movers (or MPVs, if you prefer). Shame they are such niche products in the U.S. I own a Kia Rondo and it really is the perfect urban vehicle for a family with small kids. This expanded 500L looks to match the dear departed Rondo on utility while adding a healthy dose of quirky style. The looks aren't for everyone, I realize, but I find this quirky and appealing. The real issue for me is powertrain. My Rondo has about 175hp, which feels just adequate when the vehicle is fully loaded. The Euro engine options in the 500L Living obviously won't cut it in the U.S., but it's not clear to me what Fiat can offer that would. Even that Abarth engine would barely suffice, and probably isn't a great match in terms of driving characteristics. With the right powertrain, I'd seriously consider this funky little family car.
      CarCrazy24
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope they bring this over here the U.S. This would be a great time for Fiat to bring a diesel over and make a 40+mpg 7 passenger car, not everyone needs a giant Toyota Sequoia or a Suburban, the Mazda5 needs some good competition.
      luigi.tony
      • 1 Year Ago
      LOL, and the OPTIONAL 105hp motor to haul the seven passengers. This makes the overweight Dodge Dart looks like a sports car.
        Quen47
        • 1 Year Ago
        @luigi.tony
        It's for the European market where gas is $10 a gallon and speeds are lower. Plus, it's a diesel so it will be adequately torque-y. The only engine for the US is the 160 hp multiair.
          piggybox
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Quen47
          Autobahn is German only
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Quen47
          Speeds are lower? Easy to spot a Yank who's never travelled.
          gtv4rudy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Quen47
          Speeds are lower?... travel much or what? European highways have an average speed limit of 80 mph and parts of the autobahn have no limits.
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
        Ron
        • 1 Year Ago
        Italy's version of the Aztek... Let's hope it looks better in person.
          cpmanx
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ron
          You have just joined the league of Autoblog posters who scream "Aztek" at every car they don't like. It's not a very happy league.
      vi_per
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a cheap Mini knockoff
      MacProMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fiat garbage in xl form, cool! Get ready for uncomfortable seats (read in a review from someone\'s personal experience) and poor crash ratings (google it, 3 stars baby!)
      Gordon Chen
      • 1 Year Ago
      If the living is the same size as the 500L then it makes it the smallest 7 passenger car. Whether you dig the looks or not, that makes it attractive to a certain demographic.
        William Flesher
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Gordon Chen
        Great point! We DO know that is longer, we just don't precisely know how MUCH longer. Neither do we know if it will even be offered in the US.
        cpmanx
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Gordon Chen
        Ahem. From the story *right above*: "the 500L Living has had its overall length stretched by about eight inches to accommodate the extra seats"
      48Chevy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just as pug ugly and probably as slow as the old Nimbus that it emulates I had back in the 90s. It's ugly but in a sort of "awww, poor thing" way.
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