Fiat 500L first images released

The Fiat 500L is aimed at young families. — Picture courtesy of FiatThe Fiat 500L is aimed at young families. — Picture courtesy of FiatLONDON, Feb 4 — Fiat has finally lifted the lid on a long-awaited larger edition of its hit Fiat 500 city car, set to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

The Fiat 500L (the “L” stands for Large) is an aim to broaden the appeal of the tiny model, which has proved popular among European buyers as an alternative to the urbanites’ favourites, the Smart Fortwo and Mini Cooper.

Now, Fiat is aiming for young families with the new five-door model, which it promises has “MPV passenger space combined with the feel of a small SUV on the road.”

It will be 414cm long, longer than both the 500 and the Fiat Panda, and 166cm high, Fiat says, helping to increase the inside space and making it suitable for those needing to carry extra passengers or luggage.

Buyers will be able to choose from two gas engines and a turbodiesel when the model hits Europe later this year, although those who can’t wait will be able to get a glimpse at the Geneva Motor Show, which kicks off on March 6.

Buyers in the US, where the Fiat 500 has struggled with a lacklustre reception from drivers and critics, will have to wait until 2013. — AFP-Relaxnews


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