Fiat reveals new 500L model at Geneva

After teaser images of the new Fiat 500L concept were revealed last month, its official public debut has been much-anticipated by Fiat fans.

The Fiat 500L, the L standing for large, is essentially the Fiat 500’s big brother. With a larger rear end, wider body and the addition of two extra doors, the 500L adds a dose of practicality to the Fiat range.

With its large muscular exterior and subsequently larger interior, the 500L should make Fiat’s 500 range more universal, by offering a competitor for the compact MPV market segment.

Although its muscular exterior echoes a similar appeal to the Mini Clubman, the 500L still boasts the classic 500 design with a rounded nose-like front end with the circular Fiat badge slapped in the middle.

The new five seater also offers a frugal TwinAir engine, which debuted on the 500 model last year. The engine range of the 500L will include many additions from the TwinAir range, including the 0.9-litre petrol, 1.4-litre petrol and the 1.3-litre MultiJet turbodiesel. The 0.9-litre petrol derivative offers CO2 emissions as low as 95g/km.

With a range of frugal engines, and the added convenience of a compact MPV, the Fiat 500L will give the Kia Picanto and new Vauxhall Meriva a run for their money.

The new Fiat 500L is set to reach UK showrooms in the last quarter of 2012.

Fiat vehicles are available from Perrys Fiat of Portsmouth, Perrys Fiat of Amersham and Perrys Fiat of Aylesbury dealerships.