By on July 10, 2012

According to Brazilian enthusiast site bestcars.com.br, Fiat will start selling the 500 L in Europe this month. Deliveries will begin in October. The good news is that the minivan will be available in 100 countries, including the good old USA. Fiat took the opportunity to supply more info on the first stem off its iconic Cinquecento that will spawn a slew of cars including the 500 X. Read on to find out the details.

The minivan will be available with three engines. The smallest is a turbo twin cylinder with MultiAir technology that displaces just 900 cm³ and is good for an astonishing 105 hp and 14.7 m.kgf (3.01 pounds per in²) of torque. Fiat will also offer a more traditional 1.4L 16v gasoline engine producing 95 hp and 12.7 m.kgf (2.6 pounds per in²) of torque. The diesel will be a turbo 1.3L MultiJet with just 85 hp, but 20.4 m.kgf (4.18 pounds per in²). They will be mated to 5 and 6-speed manuals. At least initially. Of course, once in America, an auto will be available.

On the safety side the car comes with frontal and side curtain bags. Knee bags and side torso bags will be optional. Stability control, air conditioning et al are all included. As far as I know, in a first for Fiat, the 500 L will feature a gizmo called City Brake Control. It consists of auto brakes which will brake the car independently of the driver’s reaction at low speeds.

In terms of decoration, the 500 L will follow the 500′s lead and offer two-tone body paint (black or white roof), 3 color combos for the wheels and a variety of internal colors. The minivan will come with Fiat’s UConnect system that lets the drives navigate, control the audio, Bluetooth among other functions via its 5 in. touchscreen display. The back seat can be adjusted in 12 different positions.

Size-wise, Americans will be forgiven if they think of this minivan as a microvan. It stretches out 4.14 m (4.53 yd.), it is 1.78 m (1.95 yd.) wide and 1.66 m (5.45 ft.) tall. It seats 5 and the trunk is largish and holds 400 L (14.13 ft.³) of bags.

So, what do you say, on paper at least, does this car have what it takes to make it in America’s big, open, flat spaces, or will it be forever condemned to eke out a living in America’s congested, coastal, urban centers?

To my Brazilian readers, the word is no, we can’t have it! Fiat prefers to force-feed us the Idea that is produced locally. The 500 X however, might make it to our shores. If this holds true, it lends credence to the production and eventual sale of the 500 X in America and Canada as it will likely be produced in Mexico.

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23 Comments on “Fiat 500 L: Pictures And Details. Yes, You’ll Be Able To Buy It!...”


  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    “Size-wise, Americans will be forgiven if they think of this minivan as a microvan”

    It’s not bad, but the Honda Fit packs more cargo space and power into not-much-more area.

    I mean, it’s nice and all, but I don’t think I’d call this a van, micro or mini. I wouldn’t call the Mini Countryman a van, either.

    • 0 avatar

      Hi Psar! Honored to have you reading!

      It’s a van since it’s taller than the 500. I haven’t sat in it, so I couldn’t tell you if it seats like a van either. However, in Fiat cars, even the 500, the seating position tends to be more upright than in a, say, VW. So, in that sense it could be called a minivan.

      I get you though, and agree with you. Like the Mini you mentioned, it’s just a car ‘on steroids’ as it were. In some markets, like Brazil, the minivan stigma isn’t as strong. I doubt that in NA they’ll market it as such.

      A Fiat suit said that the 500 is like a cappucino and this is like a cafe latte. Humm, could be the marketing theme right there.

    • 0 avatar
      lostjr

      The 500 L is wider and taller than the Fit. But it is hard to beat the Fit on interior space.

      • 0 avatar

        Like I said, I haven’t been in a 500L, but you’ll be surprised how much real space Fiat is capable of wrangling out of scarce real estate. It is a traditional Fiat forte.

        What’s for sure is that it won’t have the modularity of the Fit. As to real, usable space, it remains to be seen.

    • 0 avatar
      BigPotato

      Agreed. The deciding factor for being a minivan is the presence of sliding doors.

      Mazda5 == minivan
      Rondo != minivan
      Fit != minivan
      500L != minivan

  • avatar
    Landcrusher

    For those who care, Cinquecento = “chink wuh chin toe” more or less. It’s fun to say once you get it.

  • avatar
    HiFlite999

    With a tip of the hat for your attempt to express numbers in ‘English’ units, sizes are typically given in inches (not yards) and torque in ft-lbs. :)

    • 0 avatar

      Oooops. Will correct for next time. Did I at least get the trunk measurement right? Thanks for reading!

      • 0 avatar
        th009

        Is torque expressed as kg-m in Brazil, instead of the (SI) Nm used in Europe? Is the same true for the rest of Latin America?

      • 0 avatar

        Yep. Don’t know for other uses, but for cars we generally use m.kgf or mkgf. In Brazil at least. I really don’t know in other Latin American countries. Smetimes i do see torque expressed in Nm, but that is just not readily undertable to me a mkgf.

        In reality, in Brazil, in cars we use a mash up of English units and metrics. Volumes are usually in L as are dimensions, but wheel sizes are expressed in inches. Air pressure for tires is also expressed in inches. Sizes of nuts and such are also usually in English units.

        Consumption is always in km/l though is some imported Euro cars they sometimes don’t bother to change it and the trip computer expresses it in Euro. Finally, manuals and sometimes voices in Euro cars are written Portuguese from Portugal which I swear that when I hear it or even read it, if I don’t pay close attention, and sometimes even if I do, is almost unintelligible to us Brazilians (and funny, too!).

  • avatar
    probert

    zee muzic – she is so bad. For $10.00 I can fix.

  • avatar
    Slab

    This car really reminds me of the Countryman. I wonder what the true price advantage will be, and if any buyers will choose it for its looks.

    • 0 avatar

      I’d choose it for the looks. The Countryman is good-looking, but I honestly think the 500L is even better. Plus, the interior seems more interesting. Now, as to pricing, it’ll surely be cheaper. That would be the icing on the cake for me.

      • 0 avatar
        Felis Concolor

        I watched several of the video clips last night including one for color selection; the green body with black roof option has definitely piqued my interest. The second photograph in the supplied set also confirms the presence of a glass roof. It’s nice to see 2 force-fed engine options, as I start all my journeys at 6,000 ft above sea level and a power adder is a must-have in my future purchasing checklist.

      • 0 avatar

        @ Felis Concolor

        It’s nice to see a maker offer some real color again. Outside and in. I like the ones with white roof and dark color body (red, blue, light blue or green). Also, I like the red seats with top part in white. Seems like a great, little fun car.

      • 0 avatar
        Felis Concolor

        Yes, the color leather options are another nice touch. Having spent far too much time on the Herman Miller site playing with color fabric and leather selectors for their various furniture offerings, I’m spoiled for having a new vehicle’s exterior and interior color combinations to be Just So, instead of today’s Too Safe variations of grey/silver, black and white. And that earthy red (reminds me of Hawaii’s famous red mud, complete with permanent staining ability) with creamy white leather combination is lovely eye-candy: I’d be hard pressed to have a bad day on the road if I was being greeted with that combination whenever I opened the door.

  • avatar
    SuperACG

    I’ll take the diesel with a manual…in brown, please!

  • avatar

    not as hideous as a Mini Countryman but not a beauty queen. if I were on the market for a small family car I’d cross my fingers for the arrival of the Focus wagon in Brazil.

  • avatar

    Boa noite palandi! Parente do Roriz?

    I like it. The Focus SW (according to 4 Rodas) has been cancelled. As far as small family cars go we’re stuck with our minivans. Or Palio SW or Spacefox. Even the Gran Tour is on the way out.

    • 0 avatar

      fala Marcelo,

      I’m not related to Roriz, I just live at his domains, haha. I read at a 4 Rodas back issue that Ford was considering bringing the Focus SW here but I’m not surprised to hear it was cancelled. Brazil is a hard place for wagon lovers and today I’d have to go for a used Jetta wagon or a C5 Break.

      have you heard the rumors about a wagon version of the Fluence? widows of the late Toyota Fielder would rejoice:

      http://acelerandoporai.com.br/?p=4715

      • 0 avatar

        Not really. The only rumors I’ve heard is that, if our Corolla will be based again on the JDM version and not the American one, the Fielder will come back.

        BTW, I too had read that good news about the Focus SW, but the latest issue quashed those hopes.


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