Fiat has prepared a new model for upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show. Its an all-new Fiat 500L Trekking, which is a crossover-flavored version of the 500L petit minivan that is already on sale in Europe. The Fiat 500L is a five-door sub-compact minivan with looks that borrow styling cues from the smaller 500 city car.
“Those who love the style and performance that only the Italians can create, can now enjoy space for five, functionality, practicality and value,” says Tim Kuniskis, Head of FIAT Brand North America. “The Fiat 500L is the whole package, and it now brings its unique flavor to the American market.”
The 2014 Fiat 500L Minivan offers 26 inches more length, plus 6 inches more in height and width over the 500 hatchback, resulting in 42 percent more interior space, as said Italian carmaker.
The North American Fiat 500L Minivan is powered by the same 1.4-liter turbocharged MultiAir four-cylinder engine found in 500 Abarth, which produces 160-horsepower. Buyers can choose between a six-speed manual gearbox and a six-speed dual dry clutch transmission.
For esthetes, Fiat offers the 500L Trekking boasting a unique front and rear fascia designs, flared wheel arches, body and bumper moldings and larger 17-inch wheels. The Trekking also sports a bespoke two-tone black/brown interior trim and upgraded equipment features such as the Uconnect 5.0 system with a 5-inch touchscreen interface.
The 2014 Fiat 500L and Fiat 500L Trekking models are made at the plant in Serbia, and will hit North American showrooms in mid-2013.