By on April 26, 2013

The next example of the Fiat 500 range, the rather literally named Fiat 500XL, has revealed itself via a leaked photo. It looks a bit like a Fiat 500L that’s all swollen via anaphylaxis. The 500XL may not even make it to North America, but that’s ok. We’ll take the Panda instead. Apparently, the 500XL will have a third row of seats and grow to nearly 170 inches long, making it just barely acceptable for North American tastes. No doubt it will do well in Europe, which is currently in the throes of crossover fever.

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29 Comments on “Fiat 500XL Forgot Its Epi-Pen...”


  • avatar
    ajla

    Is Ford okay with the name?

  • avatar
    carrya1911

    I’m mystified by this.

    I thought the raison d’être of the Fiat 500 was for it to be a city go-kart that sipped gas and fit into parking spaces intended primarily for mobility scooters.

    Given that Fiat makes other vehicles that fill the niche of a bigger car for those who need/want one, what’s the point of making it bigger? Are there really a lot of people who are desperately in love with the 500 style-wise who can’t actually buy one due to needing something bigger than a mobility scooter?

    • 0 avatar
      niky

      Just ask MINI. The Cinquecento line and the MINI line are all about style.

      Unfortunately, MINI got it somewhat right with the Countryman (which, after driving it several times, I still don’t like as much as the Clubman). Fiat, with the 500L / 500XL / 500XXXL? Not quite.

      • 0 avatar
        Flybrian

        Except Fiat failed in every arena where MINI succeeded. To paraphrase, Fiat needs to stop trying to make the 500 happen; its not going to happen.

        • 0 avatar

          Sorry Flybrian. Ever been to Europe? One on every street. Down here they can’t sell more cause all their import quota is used up. Even in the US, 3000 cars a month from a relatively unknown brand, offering a product outside of American consumers’ preconceived notion is no small feat.

          • 0 avatar
            Felis Concolor

            Considering total 500 production has topped the million unit mark, I’m calling it a success regardless of what the naysayers shout. Once unit production hits the 7 digit count, you’ve gone beyond having a hit to establishing an institution.

            I’m seeing a significant number of 500s running around town here, despite the closest dealer and service center being an hour’s drive away. That’s a strong testament to owner devotion.

        • 0 avatar
          Xeranar

          Seriously, not going to happen? I see scores of them around pittsburgh. The iQ tried and failed, same as smart. Fiat seems to have found a fun little peppy car that can be competitive in the 2nd and 3rd car market. The stretched car is actually a semi-serious entry into the sub-compact market, a premium fiesta or spark/sonic.

          • 0 avatar
            MRF 95 T-Bird

            I see scores of 500′s in NYC in various trim guises. I can see this being a winner for Fiat for folks who would otherwise buy a C-Max or other “people mover”.

          • 0 avatar
            SoCalMikester

            iQ was several years late to the game. If it was brought out around the same time as the Smart, it would have beaten them.

        • 0 avatar
          GeneralMalaise

          Too late… Happened while you were sleeping…

  • avatar
    DeeDub

    So it’s sort of a Mazda5 competitor? That’s not such a bad thing, really.

  • avatar
    LBJs Love Child

    Looks bulbous, but not too fast.

  • avatar
    Summicron

    And this, class, is why we bother to keep words like ‘porcine’ on the books.

    But I’d overlook that for the Botticelli Blue.

  • avatar
    Lampredi

    I believe this car will be called 500L+ and not 500XL. Makes sense, since 500XL could also sound like a long version of the upcoming 500X.

    http://www.autoedizione.com/fiat-500l-7-seater-indeed-called-500l/

  • avatar
    Speed3

    Panda please.

  • avatar
    Truckducken

    How about rebadging a Ford Flex as the top end of the Mini line? Styling would be truer to the rest of the line than the above Scion-worthy blob.

  • avatar
    tankinbeans

    Is this thing sized relative to the 500 as the Mini Clubman (or Countryman – whatever the thyroidal one is) to the regular Mini? The scale is hard to judge based on the picture.

    • 0 avatar
      Felis Concolor

      In terms of overall size, the 500L is proportionally larger to the 500 than BMW’s Mini Clubman is to its Mini.

      From their official dimensions, the 500L and XL are 16% and 22% longer than the US-spec 500, while being 9% taller and 8% wider. Mini’s Countryman is only 10% longer than the regular Mini but 13% taller and 6% wider; this seems to underscore some of the problems associated with the original Mini form factor being scaled to accommodate different vehicle sizes. Judging from the visual proportioning of the 500L/XL the new models look to have significantly more interior space than the Mini Countryman.

  • avatar
    wsimon

    I hope no one buys one of these just so I don’t have to look at it. It looks like a Fiat Panda that an 8 year old messed with in MS Paint.

  • avatar

    Great headline!

  • avatar
    Flybrian

    More junk from another car company that just needs to give up. A ’94 Silhouette offers more sophistication, versatility, and thought-out design than this…whatever.

    And judging by the glut of 500s stinking up rental lanes at the auction, no one else really cares either…

  • avatar
    DemosCat

    If Fiat is getting into t-shirt sizes for names, it should be called the 500XXL.

  • avatar
    4LiterLexus

    I didn’t know that Fernando Botero started moonlighting as a car designer.


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