Look at the first official photos of the new Fiat 500L wagon model, called Minivan. The new 500L Minivan will arrive to the European dealerships starting from October. The new member of the Fiat 500 family will go on sale in more than 100 countries, including the United States.
The five-seater 500L is a tall B-segment model with MPV-like practicality and an SUV-esque raised ride height. Some of its rivals in Europe include the Ford B-MAX and Opel / Vauxhall Meriva small MPVs.
The 2013 Fiat 500L Minivan was built on the Punto platform which Fiat calls ‘Small Wide’.
At 4,140mm long (163 inches), 1,780mm (70 inches) wide and 1,660mm (65.3 inches) tall, it’s 594mm longer, 153mm wider and 175mm taller than the three-door 500. Fiat specialists promise that the Fiat 500L can “easily accommodates five passengers 2 meters tall (6.6 ft) with their five suitcases without ever compromising passenger room”. The 500L has a boot capacity that approaches 400 liters (~14.1 ft3).
In Europe (no word for U.S. yet), the 2013 Fiat 500L Minivan will launch with a choice of three engines. These include 0.9-liter two-cylinder TwinAir turbocharged petrol with 104hp and a 1.4-liter naturally aspirated petrol rated at 94hp, plus a 1.3-liter turbodiesel delivering 84hp.
Fiat’s future plans for the 500L include the presentation of a longer model with seating for seven (not for North America) and a crossover model called the 500X.