Fiat has presented the first official images of the new Fiat 500L. This new model will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. It will be introduced to Europe at the end of 2012.
The 500L; the L stands for Large is the new addition to the 500 range, it has the passenger space of a MPV with the feel of a small SUV on the road. The engine range will initially comprise of two petrol engines (TwinAir and 1.4 litre) and a turbodiesel engine (1.3 MultiJet II) and the most advanced state-of-the-art technology from Fiat Group Automobiles.
Despite sharing its name and some styling with the Fiat 500, the new 500L rides on a platform shared with the larger Fiat Punto hatchback. Though unconfirmed, both front-wheel and all-wheel drive variants should be offered. This should make it an ideal competitor for the likes of the Ford’s Fiesta-based EcoSport as well as the Buick Encore and MINI Cooper Countryman.