Fiat 500L MPV eyes 2013 release

The tall five-door family car will be sold as a five-seater and lengthier seven-seater model, and takes a lot of styling cues from the current Fiat 500 supermini.

From launch the Fiat 500L will offer three engines to choose from, including an 85bhp 1.3-litre MultiJet 2 turbodiesel. There will also be two petrol units on offer, a 95bhp 1.4-litre unit and a 105bhp 0.9-litre TwinAir turbo engine.

The Fiat 500L will extract about 20bhp more from its TwinAir engine compared to current Fiat models on the market. This particular unit is also connected to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, and covers the 0-62mph sprint in 12.3 seconds, while the top speed is 112mph.

The 500L TwinAir also returns approximately 58.9mpg on the combined cycle and will also deliver a CO2 emissions output of just 112g/km.

Four trim levels will be available for the Fiat 500L, starting with Pop and followed with Pop Star, Easy and Lounge.

The equipment list for the Fiat 500L includes an optional panoramic glass roof, a multimedia system with a 5″ screen and even a portable coffee machine.

Owners of the Fiat 500L will be able to slot the coffee machine into a deck within the passenger compartment.

The Fiat 500L will be available to order in the UK and other European markets starting from July 2012. Pricing has yet to be confirmed yet, but reports estimate it will start at around £14,000.

The MPV is anticipated to eventually reach the UK in February 2013, when it will be available in Perry’s dealerships in Amersham, Aylesbury and Portsmouth.