Word to all the mothers out there. This one goes out to you…
‘The Motherhood’ feat. Fiat 500L is dedicated to all those women who have to be all things to all people and live it large on a daily basis.
Fiat had already confirmed that such a model was coming, but now it has released photos. U.S. sales of the 500 hatch and convertible have been disappointing, so the bigger, more practical 500L is a critical addition to the Italian automaker’s American lineup. It has been a great year for Fiat, with year to date sales of the Fiat 500 up 123 percent over last year’s. Through the efforts of a lot of hard work and aggressive advertising and marketing, the Fiat USA team has pulled off what many thought couldn’t be done – marketing an A-segment car in the land of the huge. Fiat has put together year end incentive deals that make the Fiat 500L even more attractive.
The 500L will be front-wheel drive—but we expect an optional all-wheel-drive system adapted from the architecturally related Fiat Panda to be worked into the mix eventually.
The “L” in its name stands for “large,” and the 500L lives up to its moniker by offering two more doors than the regular 500 hardtop as well as seating for a fifth passenger. U.S.-spec dimensions haven’t been released, but the European 500L is 163.0 inches long, 70.1 inches wide, and 65.4 inches tall; that’s a little longer and taller than and roughly the same width as a Mini Countryman. Our version’s measurements will be essentially unchanged. We’ll go out on a limb here and assume its back seat will be more tolerable for humans with legs than the rear quarters of the three-door 500. Cargo room, too, is sure to increase beyond the pitiful 10 cubic feet available behind the smaller 500’s rear seats.
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