Fiat 500L 5 door hatchback previewed ahead of its Geneva Motor Show debut!
With weeks left to go for one of the hotly anticipated and prestigious motor shows of the year, the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Fiat has previewed the 500L five door hatchback, a model with which the Italian automaker hopes to take on the super successful BMW Mini range of sporty hatchbacks. The Fiat 500L, where L stands for large, will give the iconic 500 brand more practicality, something that the current Fiat 500 hatchback is not too well known for. Critics though, have been questioning Fiat’s decision as they say that the Fiat 500 is a car that nobody buys for practicality.
With all that stretching to accommodate five people, the Fiat 500L does lose some of the cutesy appeal that endeared the Fiat 500 to the masses all over the world, with the new design making the 500L look more like an everyday mass market car as opposed to something that is very niche and very chic. Fiat has built the 500L on a modified Grande Punto platform, although the car looks more like a smaller Fiat Multipla or an evolution of that car. The 2013 Fiat 500L’s dimensions measure at 414o mm in length, 1780 mm in width and 1660 mm in height.
The 2013 Fiat 500L will be powered by two petrol engine options, a Multiair and a Twin air unit while the diesel engine is expected to be the 1.3 Liter Multijet unit producing a peak power of 95 Bhp and a peak torque 200 Nm. The Fiat 500L will go on sale in Europe later this year, with other countries including the United States slated to get the 500L in early 2013. In India, Fiat does sell the 500 hatchback as a brand builder and given that the BMW Mini has just been launched in the country, the 2013 Fiat 500L might be a good competitor to the Mini, at a cut price. What say, Fiat?