Fiat 500L

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Fiat 500L
2012 Geneva Motor Show - Fiat 500L.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerFiat
Also called
  • 500L Trekking
  • 500L Living
  • 500L MPW
Production2012–present
AssemblyKragujevac, Serbia (Fiat Srbija)
DesignerRoberto Giolito
Body and chassis
ClassMini MPV
Body style5-door hatchback
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PlatformSmall US Wide
RelatedFiat Grande Punto
Fiat Doblò
Alfa Romeo MiTo
Powertrain
Engine0.9 L TwinAir Turbo I2 (petrol)
0.9 L TwinAir Turbo I2 (petrol/CNG)
1.4 L Fire I4 (petrol)
1.3 L MultiJet II I4 (diesel)
1.6 L Multijet I4 (diesel)
Transmission5-speed manual
6-speed manual
5-speed semi-automatic (Dualogic)
6-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,612 mm (102.8 in)
Length4,140 mm (163.0 in)
4,350 mm (171.3 in) (Living)
Width1,780 mm (70.1 in)
Height1,660 mm (65.4 in)
Kerb weight1245kg - 1365kg
Chronology
PredecessorFiat Idea
Fiat Multipla
 
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For other Fiat cars with the model number "500", see Fiat 500 (disambiguation).
Fiat 500L
2012 Geneva Motor Show - Fiat 500L.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerFiat
Also called
  • 500L Trekking
  • 500L Living
  • 500L MPW
Production2012–present
AssemblyKragujevac, Serbia (Fiat Srbija)
DesignerRoberto Giolito
Body and chassis
ClassMini MPV
Body style5-door hatchback
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PlatformSmall US Wide
RelatedFiat Grande Punto
Fiat Doblò
Alfa Romeo MiTo
Powertrain
Engine0.9 L TwinAir Turbo I2 (petrol)
0.9 L TwinAir Turbo I2 (petrol/CNG)
1.4 L Fire I4 (petrol)
1.3 L MultiJet II I4 (diesel)
1.6 L Multijet I4 (diesel)
Transmission5-speed manual
6-speed manual
5-speed semi-automatic (Dualogic)
6-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,612 mm (102.8 in)
Length4,140 mm (163.0 in)
4,350 mm (171.3 in) (Living)
Width1,780 mm (70.1 in)
Height1,660 mm (65.4 in)
Kerb weight1245kg - 1365kg
Chronology
PredecessorFiat Idea
Fiat Multipla

The Fiat 500L is a five-door mini MPV based on the design of Fiat 500. It was codenamed Fiat L0 (or Ellezero)[1] during development and was initially scheduled to be launched in 2011[2] but was delayed until the 2012 Geneva Motor Show,[3] and later in 2012 LA Auto Show.[4] The 500L went on sale internationally from the end of 2012, with the US and UK by spring 2013.[5] Altogether, the 500L is going to be for sale in over 100 countries.[6]

The 500L includes three derivatives: the five-seat 500L initially launched at the end of 2012, the crossover styled Trekking on sale from 2013, and the seven-seat Living (MPW in Ireland and UK), also launched in 2013.

Model details[edit]

500L[edit]

The 500L European version, also seen in the Canadian market, rear
The 500L North American (primarily US) version, rear
The 500L dashboard

The L stands for Large/Lounge, and the 500L (also known by its design code 330) is 4,140 mm (163.0 in) long, 1,780 mm (70.1 in) wide and 1,660 mm (65.4 in) high, a significant 594 mm (23.4 in) longer as well as a little wider and taller than the Fiat 500 and slightly larger than the Fiat Idea. The car is built on the US wide version of the GM Fiat Small platform.[7]

Early models included a choice of two petrol and one diesel engines: a 1.4-litre 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) four-cylinder and a TwinAir with 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) featuring six-speed gearboxes; and a 95 PS (70 kW; 94 hp) 1.3-litre turbo-diesel with a five-speed gearbox. A 1.6-litre diesel will be launched later.[8]

The 500L can be specified with an in-vehicle espresso machine that uses Lavazza pods, which makes the 500L the world's first production car to feature such a facility.[9][10]

500L Trekking (2013-)[edit]

The 500L Trekking is a version of the Fiat 500L, first presented at the automobile show in Los Angeles, California, in 2012.

The Trekking has higher ground clearance (the car is raised by 13 mm) and is longer (by 11 cm). It has larger 17 x 7-inch aluminum wheels, two-tone Nero/Marrone (black/brown) interior upholstery, Uconnect 5.0 system features a 5-inch touchscreen interface, handsfree calling, Bluetooth-streaming audio, as well as voice-command control of the radio.

The vehicle is scheduled to arrive at Fiat dealers in mid-2013.[11] Engine options depend on market, with a 1.4 L MultiAir turbo 160 hp engine and a 1.3 L diesel available.

Fiat 500L Living/MPW (2013)[edit]

Longer 7 seats "Living" version

The seven-seat version of the 500L is called Living (or MPW in Ireland and UK). The Living model was developed under project code L1, Elleuno, or design code 334.[12]

SEMA concepts (2013)[edit]

Two special versions of the 500L were unveiled in 2013 SEMA Show with a "surf and turf" theme.[13][13] The 500L Adventurer is a version of 5-seat Fiat 500L with bright white body colour, with Mopar roof rails and a roof basket, and many other accessories from the Mopar range. The 500L Thalassa is a based on the Fiat 500 Beach Cruiser from 2012, with bright orange body work and 18" orange wheels and other Mopar accessories.[14]

Fiat 500L Beats Edition (2014-)[edit]

The Beats Edition is a version of 500L produced in association with artist and record producer Dr. Dre and Interscope Geffen A&M Records chairman and record producer Jimmy Iovine, with two-tone grey/black livery in matt or gloss finish and new interior trim. It went on sale in spring 2014 Italy, with other markets soon after.[15]

Trim levels[edit]

The United States market version of the 500L will come in four trim levels: Pop, Easy, Trekking, and Lounge.

Pop: 1.4L MultiAir turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 160 horsepower 184 lb. ft. of torque, six-speed manual transmission, Hill Start Assist, and 33 MPG highway/25 MPG city.

Easy: Six-speed dual-clutch transmission Euro (DCT), sixteen-inch alloy wheels, and three roof color options.

Trekking: Six exterior color options, unique front and rear fascias, and satin silver body side moldings and door handles.

Lounge: Six-speed dual-clutch transmission, chrome exterior mirrors, door handles, and body side moldings, and an available dual-panel sunroof.

Engines[edit]

For most markets, the 500L is available in a range of petrol and diesel engines; the 2-cylinder 0.9 L Twin Air and the 4-cylinder 1.4 L petrol, and the 1.3 L and 1.6 L MultiJet II common rail diesel engines. In North America the 500L is only available with a 1.4 L turbo petrol engine, not available in Europe. A "Natural Power" methane powered version of the 0.9 L Twin Air is available in selected European markets.

All petrol models are equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, with an automatic option only in North America. The 1.3 L diesel is available with 5-speed manual or a 5-speed semi-automatic transmission called "MTA Dualogic".[16] The 1.6 diesel is only available with a 6-speed manual.

The 1.6 MultiJet II 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) and 1.4 T-Jet 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) engine versions for the 500L, 500L Trekking and 500L Living were unveiled in Frankfurt Motor Show 2013.[17]

For 2014 three new engine options (1.6 MultiJet II (120PS) turbo diesel, 1.4 T-Jet (120PS) petrol, 1.4 Turbo LPG) were announced for all 500L derivatives. A 1.4 turbo LPG engine models of 2014 Fiat 500L would be available at later date.

ModelEngineFuelTransmissionPowerTorqueEmissions CO
2
0.9 TwinAir Natural Power875 cc I2Petrol6-speed manual80 PS (59 kW; 79 hp) @ 5500 rpm140 N·m (103 lb·ft) @ 2000 rpm105 g/km
0.9 TwinAir Turbo875 cc I2Petrol6-speed manual105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) @ 5500 rpm145 N·m (107 lb·ft) @ 2000 rpm112 g/km
1.4 16V FIRE1368 cc I4?6-speed manual95 PS (70 kW; 94 hp) @ 6000 rpm127 N·m (94 lb·ft) @ 4500 rpm145 g/km
1.3 16V MultiJet II1248 cc I4Diesel5-speed manual85 PS (63 kW; 84 hp) @ 3500 rpm200 N·m (148 lb·ft) @ 1500 rpm110 g/km
1.3 16V MultiJet II1248 cc I4Diesel5-speed automatic85 PS (63 kW; 84 hp) @ 3500 rpm200 N·m (148 lb·ft) @ 1500 rpm105 g/km
1.6 16V MultiJet II1598 cc I4Diesel6-speed manual105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) @ 3750 rpm320 N·m (236 lb·ft) @ 1750 rpm117 g/km
1.4 Turbo MultiAir1368 cc I4?6-speed manual162 PS (119 kW; 160 hp) @ 5,500 rpm250 N·m (184 lb·ft) @ 2,500 rpm[18]132 g/km
1.4 Turbo MultiAir1368 cc I4?6-speed automatic162 PS (119 kW; 160 hp) @ 5,500 rpm250 N·m (184 lb·ft) @ 2,500 rpm[18]123 g/km

*Source:[19]

Safety[edit]

Euro NCAP[edit]

Euro NCAP test results
Fiat 500L (2012)[20]
TestPoints%
Overall:5 /5 stars
Adult occupant:3494%
Child occupant:3878%
Pedestrian:2365%
Safety assist:571%

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)[edit]

IIHS 500L scores:[21]
Moderate overlap frontal offsetGood
Small overlap frontal offsetPoor
Side impactGood
Roof strengthGood


Production[edit]

The 500L is manufactured at Fiat’s Kragujevac plant in Serbia,[5] previously the Zastava Automobiles factory, though it was initially intended to be manufactured at the Italian Mirafiori plant in Turin, but poor labor relations resulted in the manufacturing leaving Italy.[22]

In 2013-05-23, a ship carrying the first 3,000 Fiat 500L units for the North American market has docked in the port of Baltimore (United States) to unload its first consignment. The vessel then set sail for the Canadian port of Halifax where it completed the delivery of the remainder of its cargo on the 26th May.[23]

Gallery[edit]

Marketing[edit]

As part of Fiat 500L Trekking launch, a 500L Trekking commercial directed by the director Adam Stevens for the production company 'Filmmaster Productions' was premiered in 2013-06-30.[24]

Fiat 500L and 500L were used in 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics by the Italian team.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ultimi collaudi per la Fiat Ellezero prima di Ginevra" (in Italian). Quattroruote.it. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  2. ^ Ciferri, Luca. "4-Door Fiat 500 Coming to North America". MSN Autos. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "2014 Fiat 500L adds size, refinement and toys to 500 lineup". Autoblog. 
  4. ^ 2014 Fiat 500L rounds out the model range
  5. ^ a b "Larger Fiat 500L to Debut in Geneva Next Month". Wall Street Journal. 2 February 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Fiat 500L, Cool & Capable". fiatpress.com. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  7. ^ "First Fiat 500L Photos Released". Inside Line. 2 February 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "First drive review: Fiat 500L". Autocar. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Fiat 500L Gets World's First In-Car Espresso Machine". Inside Line. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  10. ^ Chris Tutor RSS feed. "Fiat 500L to launch with world's first in-car coffee maker option". Autoblog.com. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  11. ^ 2014 Fiat 500L Trekking takes the hatchback into the big leagues
  12. ^ "Spy Shots about Fiat Ellezero (Type 330)". Autoedizione.com. 2012-01-05. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  13. ^ a b Chrysler Group LLC Reveals Mopar-modified Show Vehicles at 2013 SEMA Show
  14. ^ "Fiat 500L SEMA Concepts Prepped for Surf and Turf". AutoGuide.com. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  15. ^ 500L Beats Edition and new 2014 500L range: the new additions to the 500 family for continuing growth
  16. ^ Fiat 500L: NUOVI MOTORI PER IL FESTIVAL DI SANREMO
  17. ^ Fiat Panda 4x4 Antartica, Fiat Freemont Black Code and 3 new engine versions for the 500 family - the stars of the show at Frankfurt 2013
  18. ^ a b "2014 Fiat 500L rounds out the model range". Autoblog.com. AOL. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  19. ^ "New model Fiat 500L". italiaspeed.com. 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  20. ^ "Euro NCAP results for Fiat 500L". euroncap.com. 2012. 
  21. ^ http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicle/v/fiat/500l/2014
  22. ^ "Marchionne: Sindacati poco seri in Italia". Blitzquotidiano.it. 2012-01-18. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  23. ^ The Fiat 500L lands in North America
  24. ^ New Fiat 500L Trekking Commercial Airs
  25. ^ 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics: Fiat is always at the side of athletes with CONI

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