Fiat officially introduces seven-seat 500L LivingTue, 18 Jun 2013 15:44:00 EST
As Fiat prepares to expand the lineup of the 500 with the roomier 500L, the Italian automaker has just announced a further addition to its enlarged hatchback offering. While the standard 500L has a five-passenger seating configuration, the new 500L Living brings a third row of seats, upping capacity to seven passengers.
Based on the specs Fiat released, the 500L Living has had its overall length stretched by about eight inches to accommodate the extra seats, while width and height stay about the same. We still have no word on the wheelbase of this new model versus the 500L. Fiat also says that the 500L Living will have a luggage capacity of 22.5 cubic feet (we assume that number is with the rear seats folded, which is smaller than that of the five-passenger 500L (12.1 cu-ft with rear seats up and 46.2 cu-ft with rear seats down).
European sales of the 500L Living will commence this summer, but there is no mention as to if or when this seven-passenger Fiat could be offered in the US, to compete against the likes of the Mazda5, Ford Transit Connect Wagon and Nissan NV200. Scroll down for the more information on this new Fiat model.
Fiat 500L Living: the new model of the 500 family
-The wider 'living space' of its segment: 5 + 2 seats in only 4 meters and 35 centimeters.
-The only car in the segment with a load capacity of 638 liters.
-The first car for the whole family: the unique Fiat 500 design combined with the best interior space/external dimensions ratio.
-Agile and compact as a mid-size car, comfortable and capable as a Station Wagon, roomy and functional as an MPW (Magic Purpose Wagon).
Fiat presents the first official photos of the Fiat 500L Living, the new model that will have its world preview in July on the sixth anniversary of the 500 family. A development of the icon launched in 2007, the new car is for living to the full, a car which reaches out directly to a diverse public, attentive to new features and looking for a balance of functionality and design, to make room for their many interests and intended uses without compromising on style.
The new Magic Purpose Wagon by Fiat has all the charm of the 500, the agility of a city-car, as compact as a mid-size car, the comfort and contents of a C-segment station wagon or saloon, the space and the versatility of an MPV. These are the ingredients of a new conception of the car, which is not based solely on technical specifications, but also and above all how it is experienced in life: the 'living space' that determines its name thus takes centre stage in this car.
The 500L Living is therefore the perfect marriage of effective use of space and unmistakeable 'made in Fiat' design. With an additional third row of seats, the new car is the most compact '5 + 2-seater' MPV in its segment: it is 435 cm long, 178 cm wide and 167 cm high. What's more, despite being 20 cm shorter than a C-segment Station Wagon, the Fiat 500L Living ensures exceptional values in terms of comfort, space and load capacity, as demonstrated by a volume of 638 dm3.
The new model therefore assumes its position as the first car for the whole family which reaches out to all consumers, able to win over both men, thanks to its characteristics of functionality and efficiency, and women, due to its beauty, intelligence and style. And it's bound to please children as well: to their eyes it will be attractively immense. In short, the Fiat 500L Living is the superlative expression of Fiat's characteristic ingenuity in creating vehicles that make everyday life more simple, and a bit more fun as well.
At launch, the Fiat 500L Living will be quipped with two petrol engines - 95 HP 1.4 16v and 105 HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo - as well as two turbodiesels: 105 HP 1.6 MultiJet II and 85 HP 1.3 MultiJet II, the latter also with automatic transmission.
The range includes two trim levels (Pop Star and Lounge), both with 5 or 7 seats, 19 body colours (including 11 two-tone combinations) and 6 interior trims, 15 different types in terms of alloy wheels and hub caps: in total, no fewer than 282 combinations are possible. What's more, the new Fiat 500L offers equipment worthy of a higher segment, as demonstrated by the new leather interiors, integrated navigation system and rear camera to assist with reversing manoeuvres.
The Fiat 500L Living will be produced in the new Serbian factory at Kragujevac, while orders will open in July in Italy, to be extended progressively in the other countries of Europe.
By Jeffrey N. Ross
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