When you’ve perfected small, the only place to go is large – enter the all-new 2014 FIAT 500L and FIAT 500L Trekking. Introduced at this year’s LA Auto Show, the 500L’s extra room, power and iconic style combine to create a versatile four-door automobile, while the 500L Trekking’s athletic touches take the 500 lineup in a rugged new direction.
The 500L’s exterior is more than 26” longer, 6” higher and 6” wider than the base FIAT 500, with two extra doors and an expansive greenhouse providing easy accessibility and an almost 360 degree panoramic view. An available dual-pane sunroof adds to the open feel of the 500L’s interior, which seats five in 42 percent more space than the Fiat 500 hatchback.
Powered by FIAT’s 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine rated at 160 horsepower and 184 ft.-lb. of torque, the all-new Fiat 500L offers performance well beyond what is expected. Greater efficiency is achieved in part through the engine’s turbocharger, which creates extra power by using exhaust gasses to power a compressor, which increases cylinder airflow. Emissions are also reduced through the MultiAir engine’s innovative electro-hydraulic variable intake-valve technology, which controls airflow for an overall lighter touch.
A six-speed manual transmission also boosts efficiency, while allowing drivers greater control and precision. A unique six-speed dual dry clutch transmission (DDCT) is optional.
The FIAT 500L’s engine and transmission options are also available on the 500L Trekking, although it blazes its own trail from there. Its aggressive front and rear fascias are trimmed in Nero (black), with
Inside the FIAT 500L Trekking, Nero pairs with Marrone (brown) for a distinctive, two-tone effect, while the interior’s centerpiece is the all-new Uconnect 5.0 with an easy to use 5” touchscreen interface and media hub to keep your iPod or media player easily connected.
Upping the ante is the all-new Uconnect 6.5 system that is also available, and features a larger 6.5” touchscreen, dealer-activated navigation and premium media hub with SD card capability.
Testaments to just how much can be done with new “small-wide” platform, the same iconicly styled sheet metal and lots of Italian ingenuity, the FIAT 500L and 500L Trekking will arrive at U.S. FIAT studios in mid-2013.