Italian car maker Fiat, is gunning for the BMW Mini sports hatchback range with its revamped 500 line up. The latest hatchback from Fiat is the 500L model that is a five seater, grown up hatchback in the Fiat 500 range. The 2014 Fiat 500L, which is based on the Punto platform will form a major part of the Italian car maker’s bid to challenge the supremacy of the Mini range of sports hatchbacks. The Mini range of sporty hatchbacks have been outselling Fiat’s 500 range as they offer more performance as well as practicality with more spacious interiors.
With the Fiat 500L, the Italian automaker adds more space in the form of a 5 seat layout while also endowing this car with impressive performance with a 160 Bhp turbo petrol engine on the top end variants. Initial indications suggest that the Fiat 500L will be significantly bigger that its prime competitor, the Mini Countryman hatchback. The 2014 Fiat 500L gets a 1.4 Liter turbo petrol engine that features the Italian car maker’s MultiAir variable valve technology. This technology, along with turbo charging will allow the MultiAir engine to be highly fuel efficient.
This four pot petrol engine is good for a peak power of 160 Bhp while peak torque is rated at a chunky 250 Nm. This engine is mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox as standard while buyers will also have the option of choosing from a 6 speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. Given that the Fiat 500L will be sold in the European car market, turbo diesel engine options are also expected to make their way into the engine bay of this hatchback. Fiat’s 1.3 Liter Multijet turbo diesel engine is expected to be the mainstay of the diesel engine range. The 1.3 Liter Multijet turbo diesel engine is the mainstay of the Fiat group in Europe as well as the Indian car market. More details about the exact state of tune in which the Multijet turbo diesel engine will be offered on the Fiat 500L is expected to be revealed in the coming months.
The Fiat 500L series is also available in Trekker guise. The Trekker version of the Fiat 500L gets a more aggressive form factor that is targeted at the outdoors crowd. In Trekker guise, the Fiat 500L will ride on taller 17 inch wheels and get chunkier wheel arches. Given that the Fiat 500L is front wheel driven even in Trekker guise, the car remains more of an urban crossover than an SUV that can actually head off the road. More details about the Fiat 500L will be revealed once the hatchback is officially unveiled at the 2012 Los Angeles Motor Show. What we do known however, is that Fiat will begin producing the 500L hatchback models from the end of 2013, which is about the time when this car will be launched internationally.